Jalaj Saxena rues missing out on the National Team selection
The spinner was the highest wicket-taker during the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy tournament.
Updated - Jun 9, 2018 7:09 pm
Jalaj Saxena has been around the Indian domestic circuit for quite some time. At 31 he can also call himself a veteran after playing for as long as he has. Of course, not everyone can have a career filled with opluent opportunities for India but for Saxena, one can certainly make a case for his inclusion in the Indian side. Almost every year, he has been the beneficiary of awards bestowed upon him by the BCCI. The awards range from best bowler to best all-rounder and so forth.
It is certainly no surprise that the 31-year old finds himself a bit disappointed. Having taken 49 wickets and topped the charts, Saxena awaits his call to arms in terms of representing his country, something he has not been privy to in recent times.
“You are giving an award but there is no reward. If I don’t get an answer from the BCCI about why I haven’t got even an India A call in the last four years, then what’s the point of giving me awards for the last four years. This only seems more like an insult to me then. I’m depressed.”
“Everyone asks me the BCCI has been giving you an award every year for the last four years but you still don’t seem good enough to play at a higher level. I feel humiliated,” says Saxena.
‘IPL is paramount for selection’
Saxena has also had very limited opportunities in the Indian Premier League, something that has seen many players produced for India in the grand scheme of things.
“It looks like the IPL is paramount for selection. The criteria can’t be different for different players. I was not picked for IPL, is it my mistake? You tell me what shall I do?” says Saxena. “This is injustice. The least they can do is tell me once and for all that they won’t pick me. I have been waiting to hear from them one way or the other for four years,” he adds as quoted by Indian Express.