Jalaj Saxena Achieves A Unique Record In Indian First-Class History

Jalaj Saxena Achieves A Unique Record In Indian First-Class History

Jalaj Saxena, first-class

Kerala all-rounder Jalaj Saxena, who is silently playing professional cricket since 2005, has recently created a unique record in Indian cricket history.

During recently concluded Duleep Trophy 2019 match between India Red and India Blue, the off-spinner Jalaj Saxena completed his 300 first-class wickets. Earlier, last February, he completed his 6,000 first-class runs.

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Jalaj Saxena is now the only uncapped Indian player to achieve the unique double feat in the first-class career – scoring 6,000+ runs and also taking 300+ wickets. Though 18 other Indian cricketers have achieved this feat before Saxena, he is the only uncapped Indian cricketer.

Jalaj Saxena, first-class
Jalaj Saxena (Image Credit: Google)

Saxena was even unaware of his unique record. Though the India Blue all-rounder scored a duck in the latest Duleep Trophy game, he took seven wickets (3/57 & 4/105) in that game.

He recently told Sportstar, “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.”

Indore-born Jalaj Saxena started his domestic career for Madhya Pradesh in December 2005. He served Madhya Pradesh for a long time till 2016. In the same year, the all-rounder moved to Kerala, and since then, he is serving for them.

Jalaj Saxena has achieved some great records

Saxena has played 113 first-class matches, 85 List A games and 48 T20s. The right-handed batsman has scored 6,044 first-class runs, 1,736 List A runs and 585 T20 runs. Also, the off-spinner has taken 305 first-class wickets, 96 List A wickets and 41 T20 wickets.

Apart from the recent unique records, Jalaj Saxena has also managed to create a few other domestic records. In November 2015, during the match against Railways, Saxena managed the incredible match bowling figures of 16/154. It is the second-best bowling figures in a Ranji Trophy match history which Saxena achieved playing for Madhya Pradesh.

Also, the Kerala off-spinner was the leading wicket-taker in the Ranji Trophy 2017/18. He managed to pick up 44 wickets in that tournament in 14 innings (seven matches).

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Though the national selectors haven’t recognised him yet, the 32-year-old still wants to wear the national team’s jersey.

Talking about missing out his non-selection for the national team, Saxena added, “I don’t think it is my area. It is the selector’s job. From my part, I am putting in my 100 per cent and trying my best. Selection is not in my hands. I am not thinking about it. I am very motivated to play for India though I am 32.”

In Indian Premier League (IPL) history, he spent with Mumbai Indians (MI), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Delhi Capitals (DC) but hasn’t made his IPL debut yet.

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