A stylish top order batsman hailing from Los Angeles, Ravi Timbawala has had to fight back from a serious ACL injury to regain a spot in the US top order.

Unlike quite a few of his teammates, he has played all of his cricket in the US, including a stint in the US U19 team as a 16 year old.

He first picked up cricket after going along to a local league game that his father was playing in. Once he picked up a bat for the first time, he knew that he wanted to be a cricketer.

Ravi has had some difficult knee injuries and has had to have a major surgery to get him back fit and playing in recent years.



Playing Number

Team Role

Top Order Batsman


Los Angeles, California



Country of Birth


Career Highlights

Scoring 73 not out against Canada in 2016 Auty Cup.

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He scored a patient 44 in the two day match on that trip, and looked set for a long stint at the top of the order for the US

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With his tongue firmly placed in his cheek, Ravi Timbawala refers to himself as the ‘replacement specialist’. A nickname he has jokingly given himself after so often being a late addition to US squads following injuries to first choice players.

‘Timba’, as he is known by his team-mates has certainly had to endure a roller coaster ride since making his debut in the 2013 Auty Cup in Canada.

He knows he is yet to make the most of those opportunities, but has done enough to be selected for the latest two US campaigns in the initial squad.

He scored a patient 44 in the two day match on that trip, and looked set for a long stint at the top of the order for the US. But unfortunately he badly injured his ACL during the 2014 Nationals in Florida. He was in the middle of his last year of Pharmacy school at the time, so decided to delay his surgery until he had finished his study. His surgeon in India took a graft from his hamstring to fix the ACL, which also meant his recovery time was 14-16 months, up to 6 months longer than is normal for such an injury.

When he was finally back to playing in early 2016 he attended the ICC Americas combine held in Los Angeles. He was still playing with a brace on, but impressed sufficiently to make it through to the 30 man wider USA training squad.

He missed out on selection for the 14 man Auty Cup squad, but was later brought in as a replacement for Timroy Allen. Subsequently he also missed out on the initial squad for WCL Division 4 in Los Angeles. An injury to Srini Santhanam saw him again sneak into the side as a replacement.

He was most recently a part of the victorious 2017 Auty Cup squad, and was just named in the US team to travel to UAE and Oman.

As a youngster he was coached by former US player Reginald Benjamin, but spent many years simply watching cricket on TV and practising on his own. Unlike many of his US team mates he didn’t play at a regional or representative level in another country, he is very much a product of the US cricket system. He was long touted as one of the brightest young batting stars in the country, and played at the 2006 U19 World Cup as part of the US team as a 16 year old.

And so after a few rocky roads the ‘replacement specialist’ may have now graduated to being a full fledged member of the team, and an opportunity to deliver on that promise.