|Ravi Kumar Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||October 29, 2003|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Ravi Kumar is an Indian professional cricketer who came to prominence in February 2022 as an integral member of the Indian squad that had won the 2022 ICC (International Cricket Council) Under-19 Cricket World Cup. This was India’s 4th successive appearance in the final of the tournament after losing efforts in 2016 and 2020 and a winning campaign in 2018. This was also the 5th time that India had lifted the trophy after victorious campaigns in 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2018. A couple of months before this, in December 2021, Ravi was a key part of the Indian squad that had triumphed at the 2021 ACC (Asian Cricket Council) Under-19 Asia Cup. This was the 8th time that India had won this competition out of the 9 editions that had been played. In February 2022, he had been selected by the CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) to represent Bengal in the Ranji Trophy (India’s premier domestic first-class cricket competition).
Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
- Father – Rajinder Kumar (Assistant Sub-Inspector with India’s CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force))
- Siblings – He has a brother and a sister.
29 – Youth ODI
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
77 kg or 170 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped, side-parted hair
- Affable smile
- Sports a thin beard
Ravi Kumar Facts
- In the marquee match of the 2021 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup, against Pakistan, Ravi had accumulated figures of 6-0-34-0 by the time he had bowled the 33rd over in Pakistan’s chase of 238 runs. He was then not given a bowl until the 50th and final over of the chase by when Pakistan had reached a score of 230/7. Defending just 7 runs off the final over, he had picked a wicket off the first ball and had then conceded 6 runs off the next 4 balls.
- He was, thus, left to defend 1 run off the last ball. However, he was struck for a 4 which meant that Pakistan had scraped through to a narrow 2-wicket win. This was India’s only defeat in the 11 matches that they played across the 2021 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup and the 2022 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
- In the semi-final of the tournament, against Bangladesh, he had produced a stifling spell – 2/22 in 5 overs – to help India win by 103 runs. In the final of the tournament, a rain-affected game against Sri Lanka, he had recorded figures of 1/17 in 8 overs, at an economy rate of just 2.12. India had chased down the paltry target of 102 runs with great ease to lift the title.
- In India’s quarter-final match of the 2022 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, against Bangladesh, he had produced a ‘Player of the Match’ performance thanks to an incredibly stingy spell of 3/14 in 7 overs that had helped India restrict Bangladesh to a paltry total of 111 runs. The total was overhauled by India inside 31 overs.
- In the semi-final match, against Australia, he had chipped in with 2/37 in 6 overs to help India restrict their opponents to 194 runs, resulting in a 96-run victory.
- In the final of the tournament, he had picked up the first 2 wickets of England’s innings, leaving them tottering at 18/2 in the 4th over. By the 25th over, England had slumped to 91/7 and it had looked like an easy win for India. However, England had managed a tremendous recovery to reach 184/7 by the end of the 43rd over and was threatening to reach a total of about 220-230 runs which would have posed India a serious challenge, keeping in mind the pressures of a world cup final.
- Ravi, though, had other ideas, as he picked up 2 more wickets in the 44th over and the English innings had folded soon for a total of 189 runs. India had hunted the target down in a tense chase and if not for Raj Bawa‘s superlative all-round effort (5/31 with the ball and 35 runs with the bat), Ravi (4/34 in 9 overs) would have certainly won the ‘Player of the Match’ award in the all-important final.
- With a bag of 10 wickets, he was India’s 2nd-highest wicket-taker in the tournament, only behind Vicky Ostwal (12 wickets), and the joint 10th-highest across all 16 teams.
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