Ravi Bopara Recalls Preity Zinta's Paratha Treat and Praises Jasprit Bumrah

Ravi Bopara Recalls Preity Zinta’s Paratha Treat and Praises Jasprit Bumrah

Former England and Punjab Kings all-rounder Ravi Bopara has shared fond memories of his time with the franchise during the 2009-10 Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Bopara, who played for Punjab Kings for two seasons, participated in 15 matches for the team.

One of the most memorable moments for Bopara was when team owner Preity Zinta personally prepared delicious paranthas for him. “Those were the early days in the IPL, when it was a party, those were the great days,” said Bopara in FanCode’s IPL show ‘The Super Over’.

Bopara, who scored 386 runs for Punjab Kings, went on to share a heartwarming anecdote. “The standout moment apart from winning, and getting my highest score, was when Preity Zinta cooked parathas for me. She made them with her own hands. When she asked me what I wanted for breakfast, I mentioned aloo parathas, and she graciously made them herself. I am forever thankful for that gesture,” Bopara said.

Apart from his culinary experiences, Bopara also had high praise for Jasprit Bumrah, saying he is amongst the best T20 fast bowlers in the world, and is likely to be the greatest ever whenever he calls time on his career. He also called on SRH to promote Heinrich Klassen up to no.3 spot based on his impressive form in the tournament so far.

Apart from Punjab Kings, Bopara also represented Sunrisers Hyderabad (in 2015) in his IPL career. He played 9 matches for the Orange Army.

Ravi Bopara Signs with Northamptonshire for 22nd Consecutive T20 Blast Season

Ravi Bopara Signs with Northamptonshire for 22nd Consecutive T20 Blast Season

Ravi Bopara, the seasoned English all-rounder, has inked a deal with Northamptonshire, ensuring his participation in the T20 Blast for the 22nd consecutive season. At 39 years of age, Bopara remains an integral figure in the tournament, having played more than 200 matches and featuring in every edition since its inception.

Bopara’s decision to join Northamptonshire comes after his release by Sussex last summer. He has been in talks with several counties and ultimately chose the Steelbacks for the upcoming season. He has signed a one-year, T20-only contract and will celebrate his 39th birthday just weeks before Northants’ Blast campaign begins on May 30.

Despite his age, Bopara insists he still feels “like a young man in the game.” He had a productive season with Sussex last year, scoring 408 runs with a strike rate of 146.23 and taking eight wickets. However, Sussex missed out on the quarter-finals, and Bopara was not offered a new contract.

“I’m really happy to have joined Northamptonshire for the T20s this year,” Bopara said. “I felt great in the Blast last year and my game is in a really good place at the moment. I’m looking forward to joining the Steelbacks and putting on a show for the fans at Wantage Road.”

Northamptonshire, who won the Blast in 2013 and 2016, have struggled in recent seasons, reaching the quarter-finals only once in the last seven years. They have made several signings over the winter, including George Bartlett, George Scrimshaw, and Sikandar Raza.

“We have a really exciting squad: there’s a lot of quality in that list and I’m hoping to play a big part in bringing a third Blast trophy to the club,” Bopara said. “I’m still learning a great deal about this game at my age. I have a burning desire and hunger to up-skill my game to new heights and I still feel like a young man in the game. There’s so much more for me to achieve in the T20 space.”

Northants’ head coach, John Sadler, hailed Bopara’s signing as “phenomenal.” “He’s been an incredible performer across all formats for many years and brings a huge presence on and off the field,” Sadler said.

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