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Jalaj Saxena creates first-class history, joins Kapil Dev, Lala Amarnath

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Aug 29, 2019, 12:36 pm IST
Updated : Aug 29, 2019, 12:36 pm IST

With this record, Saxena has entered an elite club filled with Indian legends like Kapil Dev, Lala Amarnath and Polly Umringer.

Jalaj Saxena has managed to feature in 113 first-class matches, taking 305 wickets and recording 6044 runs.
 Jalaj Saxena has managed to feature in 113 first-class matches, taking 305 wickets and recording 6044 runs.

Mumbai: 32-year-old Jalaj Saxena has created history by becoming the only uncapped player to score 6000 runs and take 300 wickets in first-class cricket. This rare feat took place in the Duleep Trophy match between India Blue and India Red.

With this record, Saxena has entered an elite club filled with Indian legends like Kapil Dev, Lala Amarnath and Polly Umringer. Thus far, he has managed to feature in 113 first-class matches, taking 305 wickets and recording 6044 runs.

 

In an interview to Sportstar, Saxena was quoted saying, “I knew I completed 300 wickets but I did not know that I am the only uncapped player among the legends. I feel honoured to learn that I am in the same list with Polly Umrigar, Lala Amarnath, Kapil Dev etc."

He was bought by Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2019 for Rs 20 lakhs. He has also been a part of two IPL teams before, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Another record to his name is that he is the only Indian to have scored a century and taken eight wickets in the same match twice.

Despite his domestic brilliance, he still hasn’t made it to the national team.

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