He was born at Laprana village of Muzaffarnagar district in a HinduJat farmer family on 2nd July 1986 to a police head constable Mr. Sakat Singh Khaiwal and Mrs. Murti Devi Khaiwal. He married Sapna Choudhary in 2010, she is a national-level Shooting sport player.
He owns a farmhouse in Barnava village and Praveen Restaurant and Wedding Banquet in Meerut on NH-58 Rohtak Road Crossing.
He made his Test debut against West Indies cricket team at Kingston in June 2011. He took a five wicket haul in the first Test match of India tour of England, 2011.
Due to injuries and the subsequent rise of Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the opening swing bowler he has been in and out of the team ever since. He has also allegedly been controversially involved in various brawls on and off the field, which has been attributed to his simple and unpretentious son of the soil attitude.