new Delhi: one time Team India The name of Ajay Jadeja, who was on a harem, is always remembered for two reasons. One was his innings against Pakistan in Bengaluru in which he created a sensation by hitting 40 runs in two overs against Waqar Yunus. And his career came to an abrupt end due to his name in the second match fixing. Jadeja is turning 49 on Saturday.
Ajay Jadeja was a fiery batsman as well as a player who always maintained enthusiasm in the field. In many occasions, he has won the hearts of the fans with his best fielding, which makes him memorable even today. Whether it was a quick run between the wickets or a direct hit to run out, Jadeja's smiling face always fascinated the fans.
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Jadeja had done well against Pakistan in the 1996 World Quarter Finals, due to which Team India was able to make the semi-finals. In this match, Jadeja hit 45 runs in just 25 balls and brought Team India to a respectable score of 287.
In this match, Team India won by 39 runs. Navjot Singh Sidhu, who scored 93 runs for Team India, was given the title of man of the match. But whenever there is a mention of Jadeja, there is definitely talk of this match.
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The end of this player's career left a lot of questions, when news of connections with some of the match fixing accused came on him and in December 2000, he was banned for 5 years for match fixing. Jadeja also fought a legal battle against this. He was later allowed to play domestic cricket and also became the captain of the Delhi team.
During this time, Jadeja also made a career in acting and in 2003, a film named Sunny Deol and Sunil Shetty starrer Khel was also released. Apart from this, in 2009, he was also seen near Pal Pal Dil Ke. He also became the coach and captain of Rajasthan in September 2005.
While Jadeja's vicious batting and final overs of the middle order made him a great one-day player, but he never proved himself well in Tests. He was a commuter against pace and swing. Perhaps that's why there were only 15 Test matches in his career.
In 196 ODIs, he has 30 half centuries with 5359 runs and six centuries. He also took 20 wickets and 59 catches in these matches. In 15 Tests, he also scored 576 runs with four half-centuries.