'Bad-boy' Jesse Ryder on path to redemption?

Jesse Ryder began 2014 on a good note with scores of 104 and 47 in two One Day Internationals. With a home series against India soon to follow, the troubled big-hitting left-hander could be on the path to redemption.

updated: January 06, 2014 18:19 IST
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Jesse Daniel Ryder silently made his way back into the spotlight on the first day of 2014 with the sixth fastest One-Day International ton against an insipid West Indian bowling attack at the picturesque venue in Queenstown, New Zealand. While his partner for the fourth-wicket stand of 191 from 75 deliveries - Corey Anderson - stole the show with the quickest century in ODIs, Ryder slammed a 46-ball ton to give himself and the fans who've stuck by him through thick and thin some renewed confidence.

In his six-year-long career so far, Ryder has been in and out of the side for reasons other than his form with the bat and ball, leaving most admirers frustrated, some even surprised by the manner in which he has shown the dedication to make a comeback on each occasion. Little do they know that this mental strength dates way back to his childhood. There was a phase in Ryder's life when he was left abandoned by his divorced parents. Finding shelter at his friends' place, Ryder picked up the bat and ball, perhaps to divert his mind from his tumultuous personal life. His decision to do so, turned out to be a life-changing one.

However, unfortunately for the 29-year-old, controversies and problems have followed him everywhere like a shadow. Less than two weeks after scoring his first ODI half-century, Ryder overdid his celebrations following a series win over England in 2008 and ended up hurting his hand. The injury ruled him out for three months. This was just the beginning of a series of alcohol-related issues that kept him away from the game.

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