Ajaysinhji Jadeja (born February 1, 1971), sometimes known as Ajay Jadeja, is an Indian former professional cricketer who played for India between 1992 and 2000. He represented India in 15 Test matches and 196 One Day Internationals.
It’s tough to describe Ajay Jadeja’s style of cricket, yet he may be compared to MS Dhoni of the 1990s. He’d come on to the crease to bat at No. 6 or 7, smashing the bowlers. He was tasked with the onerous task of concluding India’s matches.
Ajay Jadeja was born in Jamnagar, Gujarat, on February 1, 1971. Ajay Jadeja was born into a Rajput family. Daulatsinh Jadeja and Gyanba Jadeja are his parents. His parents have only one child.
Jadeja was born into the Nawanagar royal family, which has a long history in cricket. K. S. Ranjitsinhji, after whom the Ranji Trophy is called, and K. S. Duleepsinhji, after whom the Duleep Trophy is named, are two of his relatives.
Daulatsinhji Jadeja, Jadeja’s father, was a three-time Member of Parliament from Jamnagar Loksabha. Jadeja is married to Aditi Jaitly, Jaya Jaitly’s daughter, and they have two children together, Aiman and Ameera.
Between 1992 and 2000, Jadeja was a fixture in the Indian cricket squad, appearing in 15 Test matches and 196 One Day Internationals. He was recognised as one of India’s top fielders during his time. His cameo in the 1996 Cricket World Cup quarter-final in Bengaluru against arch-rivals Pakistan, when he struck 45 off 25 balls, including 40 from Waqar Younis’ final two overs, was one of his most memorable performances.
Jadeja has the record for the greatest one-day partnership for the fourth and fifth wickets, established against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, respectively. Jadeja was also known for his outstanding fielding and was regarded as one of the Indian team’s safest hands.
Another highlight of his career was capturing three wickets for three runs in one over against England in Sharjah to help India win the match. In 13 One-day Internationals, Jadeja has led India to victory.
The Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, which hosted the 1996 World Cup quarter-final versus Pakistan, was one of his favourite hunting sites. Jadeja last played in a One Day International on June 3, 2000, against Pakistan in the Pepsi Asia Cup. In a game that India finally lost, he scored 93 points. Jadeja was the leading run scorer with eight fours and four sixes.
Ajay Jadeja has been a key component of the Indian cricket squad since the late 1990s. During his career, the superstar has featured in over 150 One Day International matches for India, as well as a few Test matches.
Ajay Jadeja has a total of eight years of cricket experience with the squad. Later in his career, his name was linked to a match rigging controversy, and the BCCI banned him for five years.
Despite the fact that Ajay Jadeja was born and raised in Gujarat, he never represented the state in domestic cricket. He first played first-class cricket for Haryana in 1988. In 1992, he was selected to play for India after making his first-class debut.
In first-class cricket, he has played 111 games and scored over 9,000 runs, including 20 centuries, at an average of 54.0.
Ajay Jadeja, an aggressive batsman, was initially invited to play One Day Internationals for India, and then made his International Test debut against South Africa in November 1992. He was out for three runs in the first inning and did not bat again in the second.
He was a hard-charging player, and his professional trajectory followed suit. In comparison to Test matches, he began to play a lot more One Day games.
He has 576 runs at an average of 26.18 in 15 Test matches, including four half centuries without hitting a century.
In the 1992 World Cup, Ajay Jadeja made his One Day debut against Sri Lanka. In his first game, he did not get to bat. Two days after his first match, he faced Australia in his following encounter.
Against Australia, he was only out for one run. After beginning the batting for India, he hit 46 runs off 77 balls in his third encounter against Pakistan. India cruised to a comfortable 43-run victory.
He used to begin the innings for the Indian Cricket Team in his early career, and he was always the more aggressive of the two openers. He used to get the Indian innings off to a terrific start, but he couldn’t translate such beginnings into large individual scores.
He made his International One Day debut two years ago and struck his first half-century. It was a huge boost for Jadeja’s batting, as he went on to hit three more half century in his following five innings.
Every player dreams of scoring a century for India as a youngster, but Jadeja’s time had not yet come.
In 1994, he only went out on 90 against New Zealand. However, he crushed the West Indian bowling line-up a month later, scoring 104 runs off just 126 balls. In 1994, Ajay Jadeja had one of his greatest years in international cricket, with six half centuries and a century.
He had become a fan favourite among Indian cricket fans since no one had seen such a brave player in recent memory, who had been granted permission by then-captain Mohammed Azharuddin to hit each and every ball.
Despite the fact that Ajay Jadeja was consistently accumulating runs, he had not made a century in international cricket in three years. Due to the emergence of “Dada,” or as we all know him, Sourav Ganguly, his batting position was altered from opening batter to lower middle order over the course of three years.
But Jadeja’s time had finally come. Sri Lanka had put up a gigantic total of 302 in the fourth One Day of the bilateral series against India, with a brilliant century from Marven Attapattu. With a score of 64/4, India was having trouble batting. Ajay Jadeja stepped up to the plate and began playing free-flowing strokes, continuing his natural style.
Jadeja and Azharuddin put on a tremendous 223-run combination to give Sri Lanka a fright of losing the match from a position of strength. Unfortunately, Jadeja was dismissed for 119 runs, and India’s batting line-up crumbled at 300, losing the match by by two runs.
However, the memories of Ajay Jadeja and Mohammed Azharuddin’s mouthwatering partnership lives on in the hearts of Indian and Sri Lankan cricket fans alike.
However, in the year 1998, Ajay Jadeja was completely released. His fielding, hitting, and everything else was near-perfect.
He had developed into a valuable member of the Indian cricket team, as he used to finish games for them when batting at No. 5 and No. 6.
He was also awarded the captaincy of the Indian One Day side for a brief while between 1998 and 1999, following some of his breakout performances. As an Indian captain, it didn’t take him long to hit a century. In a Pepsi Cup encounter against Sri Lanka, he batted at No. 4 and scored an aggressive 103 runs to help India reach a total of 286 runs. India cruised to a 51-run victory in that encounter.
In the 1999 World Cup, Ajay Jadeja had one of his finest innings against Australia. Australia’s total was 282 runs, and India had to chase them down.
For India, Ajay Jadeja batted at No. 4. Wickets continued to tumble from one end, but Ajay Jadeja showed no signs of leaving the crease.
Despite the fact that India lost by a large margin, Ajay Jadeja remained unbeaten at 100. This innings demonstrated Ajay Jadeja’s battling spirit as well as how he would react in high-pressure circumstances.
Unfortunately, Jadeja’s century in the World Cup was his last in international cricket. Ajay Jadeja’s final One Day encounter was against Pakistan, when he came within four runs of a century.
Ajay Jadeja has 5359 runs in 196 One Day International matches for India, including 30 half centuries and six centuries.