He may not have been considered for the senior Indian cricket team, Kerala’s right-hand batsman and off break bowler Jalaj Saxena has achieved a rare feat. Jalaj Saxena, a 32-year-old has created history after scoring over 6,000 runs beside scalping 300 wickets in first-class cricket.
The record was scripted during the Duleep Trophy match played between India Red and India Blue on Monday. He has picked up 3/57 for India Blue against India Red in Duleep Trophy match which ended without a result.
“I knew I completed 300 wickets but I did not know that I am the only uncapped player among the legends. I feel honoured to learn that I am in the same list with Polly Umrigar, Lala Amarnath, Kapil Dev etc,” he was quoted as saying by the Sportstar.
Jalaj Saxena, who was bought by Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League this year for Rs 20 lakh, is still waiting to make his debut for India. He has also been part of two other IPL franchises Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Jalaj Saxena is also the only Indian to hit a century and take an eight-wicket innings-haul in the same match twice.
Saxena has always found a way to keep himself ready for his dream India call-up.
“I still have a dream to play for India. Age is just a number and fitness is an important aspect of my life. Yoga has helped me a lot, my father is a trainer as well. Professionally, it has helped my keep calm during tough times while helping me improve concentration and flexibility,” Jalaj told Mail Today in March 2019.
Jalaj, who has been the recipient of prestigious Lala Amarnath award for the best all-rounder of Ranji Trophy for the last 4 seasons, has became 19th Indian to achieve the feat after CK Nayudu, Lala Amarnath, Vijay Hazare, Vinu Mankad, C Sarwate, Polly Umrigar, Babu Nadkarni, Chandu Borde, ML Jaisimha, Saleem Durani, S Venkataraghavan, Syed Abid Ali, Madan Lal, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Manoj Prabhakar, Sairaj Bahutule and Sanjay Bangar.