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
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

India‘s one of the most promising all-rounders Jalaj Saxena has been consistent with his performance since the past two seasons of the Ranji Trophy. 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 Kerala 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.

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 Sportstar.

Speaking about his work with coach Dav Whatmore, 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.

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.