Age just a number for Jalaj Saxena

first_imgHe 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.last_img