Age just a number for Jalaj Saxena

first_imgAge just a number for Jalaj SaxenaIf records could speak, Jalaj Saxena has all the makings of a perfect all-rounder. Yet, the flipside to being a domestic phenomenon is the lack of attention he has been able to seek from the national selectors.advertisement Rohit Paniker New DelhiMarch 5, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 10:03 IST Jalaj Saxena changed his domestic team from Madhya Pradesh to Kerala in the 2016-17 season – a move that has helped grow his status in the domestic circuit (PTI Photo)He is the leading wicket-taker in last five seasons of the Ranji Trophy. He is the only Indian to hit a century and take an eight-wicket innings-haul in the same match twice. He plays at an average of 500 runs per season and was instrumental to Kerela reaching the semi-finals of the domestic tournament for the first time.If records could speak, Jalaj Saxena has all the makings of a perfect all-rounder. Yet, the flipside to being a domestic phenomenon is the lack of attention he has been able to seek from the national selectors.The dejection, Saxena said, has become a part of his life. The 32-year-old changed his domestic team from Madhya Pradesh to Kerala in the 2016-17 season – a move that has helped grow his status in the domestic circuit. His exploits in Ranji also earned a contract with Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League.”We had a very good season. I believe when you contribute towards the goal of the team, it feels great. And having helped Kerala reach the semis for the first time, I have a sense of happiness,” Saxena told Mail Today.”I was performing well for MP. I felt, if I get into a smaller team and help them reach to a big stage, my efforts will get recognised. Being a professional, if you have a responsibility and a team believes in you, your performance comes out better. With Kerala, I used to bowl 30 overs and then come out to bat as an opener. That has given me a platform to showcase my talent,” he added.advertisementIn addition to his strict strength and dietary regime, yoga has played a crucial role in Saxena’s top fitness levels. At 32, Delhi’s new recruit always finds a way to keep himself ready for his dream India call-up.”I still have a dream to play for India. Age is just a number and fitness is an important aspect of my life. Yoga has helped me a lot, my father is a trainer as well. Professionally, it has helped my keep calm during tough times while helping me improve concentration and flexibility.”The IPL 2019 comes a golden opportunity for Saxena to bring out his A game and the all-rounder has set his sights on being the best on the field.”I am pretty serious about the opportunity. I want to do my best for the Capitals in whatever capacity the team wants. In this era, being an all-rounder gives me a brighter chance at playing regularly at the top level,” he concluded.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Jalaj SaxenaFollow India national cricket teamFollow Ranji TrophyFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow IPL 2019last_img read more

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