Ajay Jadeja

Ajaysinhji Jadeja [1] (pronunciation  born 1 February 1971), known as Ajay Jadeja, is an Indian former professional cricketer, who was a regular member of the Indian cricket team between 1992 and 2000. He played 15 Test matches and 196 One Day Internationals for India.

Ajaysinhji Jadeja
Personal information
Full nameAjaysinhji Daulatsinhji Jadeja
Born (1971-02-01) 1 February 1971
Jamnagar, Gujarat, India
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
BowlingRight-arm medium
RelationsChatrapalsinhji (uncle)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 196)13 November 1992 v South Africa
Last Test26 February 2000 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 85)28 February 1992 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI3 June 2000 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
2000Jammu and Kashmir
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC List A
Matches 15 196 111 291
Runs scored 576 5,359 8,100 8,304
Batting average 26.18 37.47 54.00 37.91
100s/50s 0/4 6/30 20/40 11/48
Top score 96 119 264 119
Balls bowled 0 1,248 4,703 2,681
Wickets   20 54 49
Bowling average   54.70 39.62 46.10
5 wickets in innings   0 0 0
10 wickets in match   0 0 0
Best bowling   3/3 4/37 3/3
Catches/stumpings 5/– 59/– 73/– 93/1
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 9 January 2018

His cricketing achievements were overshadowed by a five-year ban for match-fixing. The ban was later quashed by the Delhi High Court on 27 January 2003, making Jadeja eligible to play domestic and international cricket. He was most remembered for hitting and quick finishing of the overs in late 1990s.

Personal life

Jadeja was born into an erstwhile Nawanagar royal family[2][3] which has a cricketing pedigree. His relatives include K. S. Ranjitsinhji, after whom the Ranji Trophy is named, and K. S. Duleepsinhji, for whom the Duleep Trophy is named. Jadeja is married to Aditi Jaitly, the daughter of Jaya Jaitly and the couple have two children, Aiman and Ameera.

International career

Jadeja was a regular in the Indian cricket team between 1992 and 2000, playing 15 Test matches and 196 One Day Internationals. He was regarded as one of the best fielders in the Indian team in his time. One of his most memorable innings was his cameo in the 1996 Cricket World Cup quarter-final In Bengaluru against arch rivals Pakistan when he scored 45 off 25 balls, including 40 from the final two overs by Waqar Younis. Jadeja, along with Mohammed Azharuddin, holds the record for the highest one-day partnership record for the 4th and 5th wicket, set against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka respectively. Jadeja was also renowned for his remarkable fielding and was considered one of the safest pair of hands in the Indian team during his tenure.

Another memorable occasion of his career was taking 3 wickets for 3 runs in 1 over against England in Sharjah to win the match for India. Jadeja has captained India in 13 One-day matches. One of favorite hunting grounds was the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, the venue of the quarter-final against Pakistan in the 1996 World Cup. The last time Jadeja played in a One Day International was against Pakistan in the Pepsi Asia Cup on 3 June 2000. He scored 93 in a game that India eventually lost. Jadeja was the top scorer hitting 8 fours and 4 sixes.

Match-fixing scandal

Jadeja's cricketing achievements were later overshadowed by a 5-year ban for match-fixing. The ban was later quashed by the Delhi High Court on 27 January 2003, making Jadeja eligible to play domestic and international cricket. Jadeja had approached the Delhi High Court on 2 February 2001, challenging the BCCI order imposing the five-year ban on the basis of the K. Madhavan Committee recommendations. He is back playing Ranji in 2003.

After cricket

In 2015, Jadeja was appointed as the main coach for Delhi cricket team but he resigned from the post.[4] Jadeja is currently a cricket commentator.

Jadeja acted in the 2003 movie Khel with Sunny Deol and Sunil Shetty. He also acted in the 2009 movie, Pal Pal Dil Ke Ssaat, directed by V.K.Kumar.[5]

Jadeja worked for Zee News as a cricket anchor, along with Zaheer Abbas, the former Pakistan cricket captain, during the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup. He reprised the role for the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup. Later, he signed to work as a cricket analyst with NDTV India and NDTV 24*7.

Jadeja was a contestant on the celebrity dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in its first season. He also appeared on the TV show Comedy Circus.[6]

He did a cameo in Abhishek Kapoor's film Kai Po Che![7] acting as himself in a cricket commentator role.


  1. "Ajay Jadeja, Cricket players". ESPN Cricinfo.
  2. The Journal of Indo-judaic Studies, Volumes 1–4. Society for Indo-Judaic Studies. 1998. p. 95.
  3. "I am suffering irreparably: Ajay Jadeja Ajay Jadeja studied in the esteemed Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi". Times of India. 7 January 2003. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  4. "Ajay Jadeja quits as Delhi coach". Cricinfo. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  5. "Pal Pal Dil Ke Saath – The Times of India". The Times of India.
  6. Page 84 of Ajay Jadeja, Roshni Chopra on the sets of Comedy Circus, Ajay Jadeja, Roshni Chopra on the sets of Comedy Circus Photos
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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