Chris Jordan is one of England’s top death bowlers in limited overs cricket, having carved a name for himself with his deadly toe-crushing yorkers and ability to deliver a few lusty blows down the order.
Christopher James Jordan (born 4 October 1988) is an English cricketer. Jordan is a right-arm fast bowler who often serves as a useful tail-ender. He was born in Barbados and spent the majority of his childhood there before moving to England. The pacer was eligible to play for both England and the West Indies, but he preferred the former.
Jordan panned out on the world scene before crashing.
In the county championship, he played for Surrey Cricket Club. Chris Jordan made his mark on the county circuit as an 18-year-old in 2007, taking 20 wickets in five county championship games for Surrey and winning the Most Promising Young Player Award.
Thanks to a stress fracture, the fast bowler missed the entire 2010 County season. When he returned in 2011, he only took 11 wickets. Jordan returned to his home country after being released by Surrey in 2012, where his skills were once again apparent.
Since relocating to Sussex in 2013, his true talent was revealed, and England took note. He was chosen for the England Lions because he was qualified for England by his grandparents.
Jordan joined Royal Challengers Bangalore as a substitute for Mitchell Starc in the Indian Premier League. He is known for his quality death bowling and some hard-hitting shots lower down the order. In nine games, he took 11 wickets, with the best figures of 4/11. After the 2017 season, he was released by the RCB.
Sunrisers Hyderabad won the auction for his base price of Rs 1 crore ahead of the 2018 IPL season. Chris Jordan was snatched up by Kings XI Punjab for Rs. 3 crores in the 2020 IPL auctions. His starting price was Rs. 75 lakhs.
On September 16, 2013, Chris Jordan made his ODI debut against Australia. He took three wickets and made 15 runs, but he was out in the end. Later in 2014, he was named to England’s line-up for their tour of Australia and the West Indies. Jordan was picked for the 2015 World Cup after some impressive results, but he only featured twice before England was ejected from the competition.
Jordan, on the other hand, was one of the few English cricketers to survive the post-tournament cull.
Jordan remained a core member of England’s T20I squad, and his success in a series in the Caribbean prior to the 2019 World Cup nearly took him back from the brink. However, his good friend Jofra Archer was called to the final squad ahead of him, and he managed to carve out a niche for himself on the global franchise circuit.
Jordan only took one wicket and made an undefeated ten runs in his T20 debut against Australia in Sydney in February 2014, as England lost by 84 runs. He picked up three wickets and scored a quickfire 26 in the third T20I against the West Indies in early 2014, rendering him a big prospect for the test squad. In 2014, he rose to fame after taking 12 wickets in a series against Sri Lanka. Jordan was picked for the 2016 T20 World Cup after such outstanding results. Chris Jordan bowled the penultimate over in the final and only gave up 8 runs, but Ben Stokes was taken to task in the final over after Carlos Braithwaite erupted.
In June 2014, Chris Jordan made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Lord’s, where he took three and two wickets in the first and second innings, respectively. His success in one-day internationals secured him a place in the test squad. Jordan had a strong test series against India in late 2014, picking up 10 wickets as England dominated the series 3-1.
Jordan was also chosen for the 2015 West Indies Test tour, but he only managed to take six wickets in three Tests. He’s played 8 Tests and taken 21 wickets so far.
Chris Jordan was born on October 4, 1988, to Robert and Rosita Jordan in ChristChurch, Barbados. Keisha Boyce is his younger sister. Rihanna and Jordan were classmates at Combermere School in Bridgetown, Barbados.