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Indian Former Cricket Star Ajay Jadeja

by on December 21, 2012
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Indian Former Cricket Star Ajay Jadeja

Ajaysinhji  Jadeja, hailing from India, was born on February 1, 1971, in Jamnagar. He played in 15 Tests and 196 ODIs from 1992-2000. Subsequently, Jadeja was accepted  formally in the Indian team. He was ranked among the preeminent fielders of the Indian cricket team during his time. One of his memorable innings was in 1996, during the quarter-final of the World Cup. He scored 45 runs from 25 balls, consisting of 40 by Waqar Younis in the last two overs. It was an unforgettable event for Jadeja, in Sharjah, when he took 3 wickets in 1 over for 3 runs. This facilitated  India in winning the match against England. He is popular for his outstanding fielding, as well.

In 196 one day internationa matches, Jadeja scored 5359 runs at an average of 37.47 including six hundreds and 30 fifties. His highest score was 119 runs in ODI. In test cricket, Jadeja played 15 cricket matches and couldn’t be on top of his performance. He was more comfortable in ODI format and delivered major match winning innings. Jadeja was otherwise known for being the friendliest athlete from the Indian cricket team.

Jadeja gets the credit for the maximum ODI partnership record, in the company of Mohammad Azharuddin. This record was made against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Bangalore’s  Chinnaswamy Stadium was among the much-loved ‘chasing’  grounds for him. In 1996,it was the same spot where India played against Pakistan, in the quarter-final of the World Cup. On June 3, 2003, Jadeja played his last One Day International against Pakistan. Although, he made 93 runs in a match but finally, India lost the series. However, Jadeja was the highest scorer hitting 4 sixes and 8 fours. His cricketing accomplishments were later on surpassed by a ban of 5 years due to match-fixing. Later, on January 27,2003, the High Court of Delhi annulled this ban, endorsing him to play cricket at domestic, as well as, international levels. He also tried his luck in Bollywood but couldn’t succeed.

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