Jalaj Saxena Biography – The ‘Best allrounder’ who is yet to make his international debut!
Family Background of Jalaj Saxena:
Jalaj Saxena was born on December 15, 1986, in Bhilai (now a part of Chhattisgarh), India.
His father, Ghanshyam Saxena, is a former swimmer and currently, running a Yoga center named Yog Sharnam in Madhya Pradesh. His mother’s name is Manju Saxena.
He has an elder brother named Jatin Saxena who is also a cricketer. At present, Jatin is working at SBI (State Bank of India) in Chhatisgarh.
Jalaj is married to Unnati Saxena. The couple is married since 2018.
He did his primary schooling at Bhilai Steel Plant English Medium Middle School, and later shifted to BSP Senior Secondary School.
Jalaj initially wanted to become a swimmer, like his father. He indeed tried for it. But as he found himself allergic to chlorine, he was advised to leave the sport. And he did the same.
Then, he tried cricket after looking up to his elder brother who by that time already started playing cricket. He loved doing it, and that’s how he got into his new sport.
It was his father who taught the basics of the cricket to both his children. So, it can be concluded that Jalaj’s father was not only his swimming coach but his first cricket coach too.
Jalaj Saxena Biography:
|Jalaj Saxena's Profile:|
|Full Name||Jalaj Sahai Saxena|
|Date of Birth||December 15, 1986|
|Age||34 years (in 2021)|
|Birth Place||Bhilai, Chhattisgarh|
|Education||Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) School.|
|Height|| 5ft. 9" |
|Family & Relationships:|
|Siblings||1 brother (Jatin Saxena)|
|Batting Style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling Style||Right-arm offbreak|
|Major Teams||India A, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Central Zone, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings.|
|First-Class Debut||Madhya Pradesh vs Kerala at Indore (December 17, 2005)|
|List-A Debut||Madhya Pradesh vs Rajasthan at Jaipur (February 10 2006)|
|T-20 Debut||Madhya Pradesh vs Vidarbha at Indore (October 21, 2009)|
Cricket Career of Saxena:
Jalaj started off his cricket career as a fast bowling allrounder, however, he later changed his bowling style and became an off-spinner. He soon started playing junior level cricket for Madhya Pradesh (MP).
He had played various age-level cricket for MP including under-14s, under-16s, under-19s, and under-22s.
In December 2005, he made his first-class debut for Madhya Pradesh against Kerala in the Ranji Trophy. He scored 27 runs in the first innings and didn’t get the chance to bat in the second innings.
The next year, on February 10, he played his first List-A match against Rajasthan.
Three year later, he made his T20 debut against Vidarbha in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. His elder brother (Jatin Saxena) also made his T20 debut on the same day.
Later in 2016, after playing 11 years of cricket for Madhya Pradesh, Jalaj Saxena moved to Kerala and continued his career.
Then, in October 2016, he made his first-class debut for Kerala against Jammu and Kashmir in the 2016/17 Ranji Trophy.
The next year, Saxena made his List A debut in February and also made his first T20 match for Kerala in the same year.
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IPL Career of Jalaj:
Jalaj has been picked four times by four different IPL franchise at the auction. However, he’s yet to make his debut in the league.
In 2013, Mumbai Indians (MI) picked him at the auction for Rs. 10 lakhs. Later, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bought for the same price for IPL 2015.
Then, Delhi Capitals (DC) bought him at 10 lakhs more than his last bid for IPL 2019. They did pay him more but again, he didn’t get his chance to play in any of the matches. Infact, DC released him ahead of the 2021 auction.
However, Punjab Kings (PBK) picked Jalaj Saxena at the auction for Rs. 30 lakhs for IPL 2021.
Facts about Jalaj Saxena:
- He is a vegetarian.
- Saxena has won BCCI’s Lala Amarnath Award for the best allrounder for four consecutive years.
- He was the highest wicket taker of the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy. He picked 44 wickets in the tournament with the best bowling figures of 11/77 in a match.
- Jalaj Saxena’s wife, Unnati Saxena, is a businesswoman.
- Actress – Aishwarya Rai
- Movie – Now You See Me
- In 2017, he won BCCI’s Madhavrao Scindia Award for the best bowler of the season.
- He loves photography.
Frequently asked questions on Google:
Q1: What is the age of Jalaj Saxena?
Ans: 34 years (in 2021)
Q2: What is the height of Jalaj Saxena?
Ans: 5ft. 9” (1.75 m or 175 cm)
Q3: Who is the wife of Jalaj Saxena?
Ans: His wife’s name is Unnati Saxena.
Q4: Which IPL team has signed Jalaj?
Ans: MI, RCB, DC, and PBK have signed him so far.
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