India news August 17, 2013

Jadeja returns to competitive cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ajay Jadeja, the former India batsman, played for Haryana in a match against Hyderabad in the Buchi Babu tournament in Chennai fuelling speculation of his return to domestic cricket. Jadeja, in his first competitive outing after a six-year hiatus, scored 37, and put up a 75-run fourth-wicket stand with opener Sunny Singh, to guide Haryana to a 67-run victory.

Anirudh Chaudhary, the Haryana Cricket Association (HCA) secretary, however, insisted that it was too early to comment on Jadeja's immediate future. "I have spoken to some players there and they have said that having Ajay around has been a learning experience for them," Chaudhary said. "Ajay has got a busy schedule, and already has a lot of other commitments. We at present are looking at him to mentor a few extremely talented players through different cricketing situations. As far as him playing for Haryana is concerned, it will depend on the selectors and also on Jadeja's availability."

Jadeja, who made his first class debut for Haryana in 1988, was a prominent member of the Indian team in the 1990s. With 5359 runs, he is India's eighth-highest run-getter in the ODIs and featured in three World Cups. He received a five-year ban in December 2000 for his alleged involvement in match-fixing.

A plea by him seeking permission to play international cricket was dismissed by the Delhi High Court in November 2004, but he went on to play for Delhi a year later.

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  • Dummy4 on August 22, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    my fav cricketer all time. remember his knock of 119 against srilanka,since then i was his fan..not to forget his kingfisher bat and hat that he wore to field.. :) not many indian players used hats then....

  • vinay on August 18, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    i remember jadeja's innings against pak with deadly waqar n he was thrown all over the ground in the wc match in 1996. it was a turning point in ind's career against pak. till then ind was afraid of facing pak bowlers n hv seen our batsman frightened against them. but jadeja's one inning teared them apart n mainly gave us confidence agaisnt them n then ind always did well against pak even in sharjah. thanx to jadeja's turning point innig, it was a turning point inning like javed miandad's inning against ind in which he hit last ball six against chetan sharma.

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Is he looking for an IPL contract?????

  • $$ milind on August 18, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    To be fair, Jadeja was the one India hoped to be the Bevan for India but he lost his place due to that unproven allegation. Had he played for 4 more years, India would have been boasting of serious one day players by today

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    The best ever ODI player for India. His electrifying fielding, perfect slogging at death overs and genuine cricketing shots during building the innings still cant be beaten by any other present player of India except Dhoni. This would have been a legendary career with the likes of Sachin, Gavasker and Azhar if he had not been trapped wrongly (proven innocent later) into fixing. Sad story for India that making of great captain in ODI hindered in between.

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    I was at the ground watching this legend with the kids play this match. I was very happy to see Ajay play as we were all robbed of a fantastic national cricketer when he was at his prime. I salute Ajay Jadeja and wish him a great future in what ever he does for cricket in india.

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    It is a very interesting news.. and it is more interesting to see if he is going to play a season for Haryana. Agreed he's nothing to prove or achieve but having a former national captain in a mentor's role will be a boost for youngsters. It's important that senior players remain in domestic circuit even after the retirement as that hones the raw talent in youngsters. We can not say they block a youngsters spot. The youngster in order to be a contender for national squad must be good enough to break in to state squad on his performance and should not be waiting for some senior to hang his boots. Welcome decision by AJ.

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    He was India's best cricketing brain, second only to Sachin as an Indian ODI batsmen, a natural leader of men (and very suave), would have been India's captain but for this rather cruel and unproven allegation. I think he should be made India's honorary captain for a few games just to compensate for the injustice done to a wonderful guy !

  • Naman on August 17, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    What does he want to achieve by playing now? He should just take up a coaching role with some state Cricket Association and pass on his experience to the youngsters.

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