Ajay Jadeja

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Ajay Jadeja
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Personal information
Full name Ajaysinhji Jadeja
Born (1971-02-01) 1 February 1971 (age 46)
Jamnagar, Gujarat, India
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium
Role Batsman
Relations Chatrapalsinhji (uncle)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 196) 13 November 1992 v South Africa
Last Test 26 February 2000 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 85) 28 February 1992 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 3 June 2000 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
1988/89–1998/99 & 2013 Haryana
1999/00, 2003/04–2004/05 Jammu and Kashmir
2005/06–2006/07 Rajasthan
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC List A
Matches 15 196 109 291
Runs scored 576 5359 8046 8304
Batting average 26.18 37.47 55.10 37.91
100s/50s 0/4 6/30 20/40 11/48
Top score 96 119 264 119
Balls bowled 0 1248 4703 2681
Wickets  – 20 54 49
Bowling average  – 54.70 39.62 46.10
5 wickets in innings  – 0 0 0
10 wickets in match  – n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling  – 3/3 4/37 3/3
Catches/stumpings 5/– 59/– 73/– 93/1
Source: CricketArchive, 30 September 2016

Ajaysinhji "Ajay" Jadeja [1] (About this sound pronunciation  born 1 February 1971), is a former Indian cricketer, who has been a regular member in the Indian cricket team between 1992 and 2000. He played 15 Test matches and 196 One Day Internationals for India.

His cricketing achievements were overshadowed by a 5-year ban for match-fixing. The ban was later quashed by the Delhi High Court on 27 January 2003, making Jadeja eligible to play domestic and international cricket. He was most remembered for hitting and quick finishing of the overs in late 1990s.

Personal life[edit]

Jadeja was born into an erstwhile Nawanagar royal family[2][3] which has a cricketing pedigree. His relatives include K. S. Ranjitsinhji, after whom the Ranji Trophy is named, and K. S. Duleepsinhji, for whom the Duleep Trophy is named. Jadeja is married to Aditi Jaitly, the daughter of Jaya Jaitly and the couple have two children, Aiman and Ameera.

International career[edit]

Jadeja was a regular in the Indian cricket team between 1992 and 2000, playing 15 Test matches and 196 One Day Internationals. He was regarded as one of the best fielders in the Indian team in his time. One of his most memorable innings was his cameo in the 1996 Cricket World Cup quarter-final In Bengaluru against arch rivals Pakistan when he blasted 45 off 25 balls, including 40 from the final two overs by Waqar Younis. Jadeja, along with Mohammed Azharuddin, holds the record for the highest one day partnership record for the 4th and 5th wicket, set against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka respectively. Jadeja was also renowned for his remarkable fielding, and was considered one of the safest pair of hands in the Indian team during his tenure.

Another memorable occasion of his career was taking 3 wickets for 3 runs in 1 over against England in Sharjah to win the match for India. Jadeja has captained India in 13 One-day matches. One of Jadeja's favourite hunting grounds was the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, the venue of the quarter-final against Pakistan in the 1996 World Cup. The last time Jadeja played in a One Day International was against Pakistan in the Pepsi Asia Cup on 3 June 2000. He scored 93 in a game that India eventually lost. Jadeja was the top scorer hitting 8 fours and 4 sixes.

Match-fixing scandal[edit]

Jadeja's cricketing achievements were later overshadowed by a 5-year ban for match-fixing. The ban was later quashed by the Delhi High Court on 27 January 2003, making Jadeja eligible to play domestic and international cricket. Jadeja had approached the Delhi High Court on 2 February 2001, challenging the BCCI order imposing the five-year ban on the basis of the K. Madhavan Committee recommendations. He is back playing Ranji in 2013.

After cricket[edit]

In 2015, Jadeja was appointed as the main coach for Delhi cricket team but he resigned from the post.[4] Jadeja is currently a cricket commentator.

Popular culture[edit]

Jadeja acted in the 2003 movie Khel with Sunny Deol and Sunil Shetty. He also acted in the 2009 movie, Pal Pal Dil Ke Saath, directed by V Krishna Kumar.[5]

Jadeja worked for Zee News as a cricket anchor, along with Zaheer Abbas, the former Pakistan cricket captain, during the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup. He reprised the role for the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup. Later, he signed to work as a cricket analyst with NDTV India and NDTV 24*7.

Jadeja was a contestant on the celebrity dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in its first season. He also appeared on the TV show Comedy Circus.[6]

He did a cameo in Abhishek Kapoor's film Kai Po Che![7] acting as himself in a cricket commentator role .

International centuries[edit]

ODI centuries[edit]

One Day International centuries of Ajay Jadeja
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
[1] 104 32  West Indies India Cuttack, India Barabati Stadium 9 November 1994 Won
[2] 119 95  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka R Premadasa Stadium 17 August 1997 Lost
[3] 105* 119  Australia India Kochi, India Nehru Stadium 1 April 1998 Won
[4] 116* 122  Zimbabwe India Cuttack, India Barabati Stadium 9 April 1998 Won
[5] 103* 157  Sri Lanka India Pune, India Nehru Stadium 30 March 1999 Won
[6] 100* 170  Australia England London, England Kennington Oval 4 June 1999 Lost

International awards[edit]

One Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

No. Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Australia Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 19 April 1994 5–0–33–0, 1 Ct. ; 87 (106 balls: 12x4, 1x6)  India won by 7 wickets.[8]
2 West Indies Barabati Stadium, Cuttack 9 November 1994 10–0–55–2 ; 104* (126 balls: 4x4, 3x6)  India won by 8 wickets.[9]
3 Zimbabwe Green Park Stadium, Kanpur 6 March 1996 44* (27 balls: 3x4, 2x6) ; 7–0–32–2, 1 Ct.  India won by 40 runs.[10]
4 Zimbabwe Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 1 September 1996 5–0–20–0 ; 68 (80 balls: 6x4, 2x6)  India won by 7 wickets.[11]
5 Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 17 August 1997 DNB, 1 ct. ; 119 (121 balls: 8x4, 1x6)  Sri Lanka won by 2 runs.[12]
6 Pakistan Cricket, Skating & Curling Club, Toronto 13 September 1997 49 (54 balls: 1x4, 4x6) ; DNB, 1 Ct.  India won by 20 runs.[13]
7 Bangladesh PCA IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali 14 May 1998 DNB ; 73 (101 balls: 8x4)  India won by 5 wickets.[14]
8 Sri Lanka Nehru Stadium, Pune 30 March 1999 103* (102 balls: 6x4, 3x6) ; 1 Ct.  India won by 51 runs.[15]
9 England Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 9 April 1999 21 (27 balls: 1x4) ; 1–0–3–3  India won by 20 runs.[16]
10 South Africa Nehru Stadium, Kochi 9 March 2000 92 (109 balls: 8x4, 3x6) ; DNB  India won by 3 wickets.[17]

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