Kerala vs Andhra Pradesh: 31-year-old all-rounder Jalaj Saxena has joined the league of the elite with a feat not many have been able to achieve and he has achieved it twice. He has become the only first-class cricketer to score a century and get an eight-wicket haul in a match. He has done it twice. In the Ranji Trophy game against Andhra Pradesh, Saxena scored 132 with the bat before he picked up nine wickets for the match. He scalped eight for 45 in the second innings to bundle out Andhra Pradesh for 115 as Kerala went on to win the match by nine wickets. Also Read - Shahid Afridi, Jahangir Khan Come Forward to Help Minorities in Fighting Coronavirus Pandemic
He had achieved the same feat last year against Rajasthan in the same venue, Thumba. Also Read - Yuzvendra Chahal Revisits Old Passion Amid COVID-19 Lockdown, Says Chess Taught Him How to Stay Patient on Cricket Field
He also completed 5000 runs and picked up 200 wickets to become only the seventh player to do so. He is the third quickest to the milestone. Also Read - COVID-19 Outbreak: Harbhajan Singh, Wife Geeta Basra to Feed 5000 families in Jalandhar
He also joined WC Grace in the all-time list. Overall, Jalaj Saxena became only the 6th player in the history of first-class cricket to score a century and take an 8-fer in the same game on multiple occasions. All the previous five players had achieved this rare feat well before 1930 having featured in over 250 FC matches, which makes it even more special.
Unfortunately, he is still finding it hard to make it to the national squad.