Ravinder Singh Bopara is an English cricketer who plays for Essex in county cricket and has represented England at international level.
He was born on 4th May 1985. Initially, a right-handed top-order batsman, he later turned out to be a batting all-rounder after impressive performances as a right-arm medium pacer.
Bopara made his debut in a first-class match for Essex in May 2002. In 2003 and 2004, he represented England U19s in various tournaments including the 2004 U-19 Cricket World Cup.
After scoring 880 first-class runs in that season, he was selected for the England A when they toured West Indies. He also played against the touring Sri Lankans and Pakistanis in that summer.
In January 2007, he was called up as a replacement for the injured Kevin Pietersen against Australia in the tri-nation tournament, also featuring New Zealand.
He made his debut on 2nd February, 2007 against Australia, when he made 7* off 5 balls. He also picked up his first ODI wicket, with the scalp of Michael Hussey.
He made his test debut on 1st December, 2007, when England toured Sri Lanka, making 8 and 34 in the two innings.
He had a terrible series as he made just 42 runs in 5 innings inclusive of 3 ducks and picked just 1 wicket.
His T20I debut came in June 2008 in the one-off match against New Zealand where he neither batted nor bowled as England won the match quite convincingly.
Rise to Glory
On 18 February 2009, Bopara, made it into the England Test squad for their tour of the West Indies as cover for Andrew Flintoff who had a hip injury.
In the first innings of the fourth test, he scored his maiden Test century with 104 off 143 balls.
He was selected for the first Test of the home series against the West Indies in May. There he scored his second consecutive Test century.
He then scored another century in the next Test and became only the fifth English player to score centuries in three consecutive Tests.
He was named in the 16-man squad for the 2009 Ashes but failed to cross the 30-run mark in all but one inning before being replaced by uncapped Jonathan Trott in the final Test of the series.
He made an impact for Essex in domestic cricket in 2010 which earned himan England recall against Bangladesh in the 3-match series decider.
In that decider, he made a quickfire 45* of 22 balls and picked up 4 wickets to lead England to series victory.
Therefore, he was called for the 2 match T20 squad against Pakistan but failed to capitalize the opportunity as he scoring just 11 and 12 runs in both innings.
In the 2014 series against Sri Lanka, Bopara made just 10 runs and took just one wicket across the first three matches before making 51 in the fourth match. He was dismissed for 17 in the final match as England lost the decider leading to a 3-2 series defeat.
He played in the 2015 tri-series against India and India when he failed to take a single wicket throughout and scored 13,7,4 in the group stages before making 33 for a losing cause against Australia in the finals.
Bopara plays for Essex in the first-class county since 2002. He played for the Kings XI Punjab in the 2009 and 2010 IPL, before representing Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2015. He currently plays for Karachi Kings in PSL.
In BPL, Chittagong Kings bought him for the 2013 and 2014 season. He then played for Dhaka Dynamites in the 2016 season before moving to Rangpur Riders in the 2017 season.
He captained the PSL outfit Karachi Kings after Shoaib Malik stepped down from the role in the 2016 edition. They crashed out of the tournament in the Eliminator against Islamabad United.