Jalaj Saxena Biography, Age, Height, Family, Wife, IPL & Facts

Family Background of Jalaj Saxena:

Indian cricketer, Jalaj Saxena, was born on December 15, 1986, in Bhilai (now a part of Chhattisgarh), India.

Jalaj Saxena’s parents

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’s saxena’s brother

Jalaj is married to Unnati Saxena. The couple has been married since 2018.


He did his primary schooling at Bhilai Steel Plant English Medium Middle School and later shifted to BSP Senior Secondary School.

Early Life:

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 had already started playing cricket by that time. He loved doing it, and that’s how he got into his new sport.


It was his father who taught the basics of cricket to both his children. All in all, Jalaj’s father was his swimming coach and his first cricket coach.

Jalaj Saxena Biography:

Jalaj Saxena’s Profile:
Personal Life:
Full NameJalaj Sahai Saxena
Date of BirthDecember 15, 1986
Age37 years 5 months (in June, 2024)
Zodiac/Sun SignSagittarius
Birth PlaceBhilai, Chhattisgarh
EducationBhilai Steel Plant (BSP) School.
Physical Stats:
Height 5ft. 9″
(1.75 m)
(175 cm)
WeightNot known
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBlack
Family & Relationships:
Ghanshyam Saxena
MotherManju Saxena
Siblings1 brother (Jatin Saxena)
Marital StatusMarried
WifeUnnati Saxena
Playing RoleAllrounder
Batting StyleRight-hand bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm offbreak
Major TeamsIndia A, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Central Zone, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings.
Test Debut
ODI Debut
T20I Debut
First-Class DebutMadhya Pradesh vs Kerala at Indore (December 17, 2005)
List-A DebutMadhya Pradesh vs Rajasthan at Jaipur (February 10 2006)
T-20 DebutMadhya Pradesh vs Vidarbha at Indore (October 21, 2009)

Cricket Career of Saxena:

Jalaj started 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 following year, on February 10, he played his first List-A match against Rajasthan.

Three years 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.

IPL Career of Jalaj:

Four different IPL franchises have picked Jalaj at the auction so far. . 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.

Saxena with MS Dhoni

Then, Delhi Capitals (DC) bought him at ten lakhs more than his last bid for IPL 2019. They did pay him more, but he didn’t get his chance to play in any matches. In fact, 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. He went unsold at the 2022 IPL auction.

Facts about Jalaj Saxena:

  • He is a vegetarian.
  • Saxena has won BCCI’s Lala Amarnath Award for the best all-rounder 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 with his wife
  • Jalaj Saxena’s wife, Unnati Saxena, is a businesswoman.
  • Favorite-
    • Actress – Aishwarya Rai
    • Movie – Now You See Me
  • In 2017, he won BCCI’s Madhavrao Scindia Award for being the best bowler of the season.
  • He loves photography.

Frequently asked questions:

  • <strong>What is the age of Jalaj Saxena?</strong>

    37 years 5 months (in June, 2024)

  • <strong>What is the height of Jalaj Saxena?</strong>

    5ft. 9”  (1.75 m or 175 cm)

  • <strong>Who is the wife of Jalaj Saxena?</strong>

    His wife’s name is Unnati Saxena.

  • <strong>Which IPL team has signed Jalaj Saxena?</strong>

    MI, RCB, DC, and PBK have signed him so far.

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