Jeet Raval Biography
Jeet Raval is an Indian-origin New Zealand cricketer, who plays for the Kiwis in the longest format of the game. He was born on 22nd September 1988 in Gujarat, India and is primarily a left-handed batsman. He opens the innings for the Kiwis in the test.
Medium-fast bowler aspirant Raval showed his batting potential in a Under-14 match against Mumbai for Gujarat and bestowed with the opening role in the next match. His ton against Baroda secured the opening spot.
At U-16 level, he played alongside the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara before migrating to New Zealand in 2004. He played for Western District U-17 team after moving to NZ.
In 2006-07, he was selected in the New Zealand Under-19 side. In the third test of the Youth test series against India, Raval scored match-saving 89 runs, adding to 70 in the first innings in February 2017.
Raval scored 31 runs in his first-class debut for Auckland against West Indies in a tour match in December 2008. Since then he displayed exceptional consistency, scoring at 41.74 in the red-ball domestic cricket until 2015-16. His phenomenal 2015-2016 with 780 runs at 55.71 put up his name in the selectors’ radar.
Raval was picked up as the third opening batsman behind Tom Latham and Martin Guptill for the New Zealand’s tour of Africa in July 2016, but he had to wait for his international test debut until November 2016 against Pakistan in Christchurch.
He scored 55 in the first innings and guided New Zealand to the victory with unbeaten 36 in the second innings.
In the second test in Hamilton, he scored 55 to secure his place in the test side.
Rise to Glory
Raval tested his technique and temperament under the Proteas furnace in a three-match test series in March 2017.
He showed resolute smashing four half-centuries in six innings and having three 80+ scores. The most impressive thing was the amount of time he battled out in hostile situations. The compact opener thrice spent over two hours in the crease while survived more than four hours in the second test in Wellington.
In his second series, Raval had a brief lean period against Bangladesh in January 2017, scoring 89 runs in 2 matches at 22.25.
In spite of smashing unbeaten 169 against West Indies in a practice game, Raval could not reap the success in ODI and lags behind in the contention of the national team.