[caption id="attachment_651202" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-651202" alt="Jalaj Saxena was also chosen as the best all-rounder in the tournament for the same by the BCCI. Photo courtesy: Jalaj Saxena Facebook Page" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Jalaj-Saxena.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Jalaj Saxena was also chosen as the best all-rounder in the tournament for the same by the BCCI. Photo courtesy: Jalaj Saxena Facebook Page[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/India" target="_blank">India</a>'s one of the most promising all-rounders <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Jalaj-Saxena" target="_blank">Jalaj Saxena</a> has been consistent with his performance since the past two seasons of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Ranji-Trophy" target="_blank">Ranji Trophy</a>. He was also chosen as the best all-rounder in the tournament for the same by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He was off to a flying start in the opening match week of the tournament this season, after he steered <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Kerala" target="_blank">Kerala</a> to an impressive win over Jharkhand, as he would be one of the contenders for the Lala Amarnath Award. He claimed 11 wickets, along with half-century as Kerala wrapped up the game within three days. <p></p> <p></p> This was something what I wanted to do for Kerala when I decided to join the team after playing 11 years for Madhya Pradesh. We were really keen to win our first match of the season, though we were playing against a strong side that had reached the semifinals in the last edition. It wasn t an easy track to bat on, but I got excellent support from wicket-keeper Mohammed Azharuddin and the tail. The batting of the lower order was something we had worked a lot on in our preparations over the last couple of months. As for the bowling, I enjoyed combining with left-arm spinner S. Monish," said Saxena, as reported by <em>Sportstar</em>. <p></p> <p></p>Speaking about his work with coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Dav-Whatmore" target="_blank">Dav Whatmore</a>, he said, "He has brought in a lot of positivity. It has been a privilege working with him." He also spoke on his team's upcoming match against Gujarat on Saturday. They are a very formidable side of course, but we don't think they are unbeatable, even at home. Our aim is to qualify for the knock-out stage. It was disappointing though that we could not win a game last year," he said. <p></p> <p></p>Despite his impressive performance for the past couple of seasons, he was overlooked for the ongoing India A's series against New Zealand A, to which he said, "I was a bit upset initially because of that, but now I have come over it. I am hopeful of an international career yet.