Tracing back Ajay Jadeja’s cricket journey.
With fluent batting, outstanding fielding, charming demeanor and a never failing smile, Ajay Jadeja did not just win runs within cricket fields, he won hearts across the nation.
A fantastic stroke player who could be unstoppable in ODIs, he was also a rather useful medium pacer and one of the best ever fielders produced by the country. Infact, Jadeja’s cameo in the 1996 Cricket World Cup quarter finals in Bengaluru, against arch rivals Pakistan when he scored 45 off 25 balls is a veritable of his genius batting. This, can any day be cited as an exemplary performance in the history of cricket across time! On top of that, Ajay Jadeja, along with Mohammad Azharuddin , holds the record for the highest one day partnership record for the 4th and 5th wicket set against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka respectively. To prove his dynamic within the cricket field, he provided unparallel performances like taking 3 wickets for 3 runs in 1 over against England to win the match for India
Furthermore, to add to his contribution to cricket, Jadeja also served as the vice captain of the team and even captained his clan for 13 ODIs and managed to win 8.
Arguably referred as one of the best ODI players, Jadeja has seen his share of strain in the game in the longer format of the game. Jadeja’s fluent batting ensured that he bagged a total of 6 centuries and 5,359 runs in 196 ODIs. His test career however was limited to 15 matches and 576 runs with a modest average of 26.18.He has therefore often been type casted. However instances like 131 runs in the Irani cup,256 against services, 228 against Punjab and the like has more than compensated for any reservations against him.
What could have been a more than perfect path to a glorious cricket got disrupted by a scandalous link-up with match fixing. The match fixing allegation against South Africa proved to be a major blot on his image as a cricketer and marked an end of the same. What should have been a brilliant trajectory only found synonyms with defame and dishonor. Jadeja thereby was slammed with a 5-year ban. However, the ban was later quashed by the Delhi High Court making Jadeja eligible to play both International and Domestic cricket
Ajay Jadeja’s tryst with cricket unfolded new dimensions post the infamous match-fixing fiasco when he returned as a coach and consequently a permanent commentator. His was surely an undulating path with derring-dos and splendor along side black marks and charge sheets. Nevertheless his genius as a cricketer and an all-rounder has forever been his saving grace. His undeniable aptitude for the game ensures his living popularity which is why for cricket aficionados use his name brand as a recurrent example!
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