Frustration is not there when I act, says Jalaj Saxena

RANCHI: Their numbers are certainly impressive, if not outstanding. He has 307 wickets in 115 first-class games with an average of 28.12. His contribution with the willow has also been substantial. 6153 runs with a higher score of 194 and one would expect the player to have had the opportunity to prove himself at the highest level.

But for Jalaj Saxena The call of the national selectors has been elusive. The versatile 32-year-old off-road from Madhya Pradesh, who is currently working with Kerala, recorded the best bowling figures in a Deodhar Trophy match on Friday when he claimed 7/41 against India 'A', in the JSCA International Cricket Stadium for India 'C'.

With selector Sarandeep Singh in attendance during the list A encounter, one may hope his hard yards at the domestic level might finally earn him a call-up to the senior side. But for Saxena, he has seen it all and yet refuses to throw in the towel.

The frustration is not there if I am performing well. Yes, 4 or 5 years ago I was frustrated. But those around me guided me immensely. The selection is not in my hands and it is not my job either. My motivation is to play for India and even today it is still there. In my heart there is still hope that one day I can wear the Indian cap. With this hope I wake up every morning, says Saxena.

With proven performance in domestic cricket, Saxena has been testing different variations, especially in white ball cricket, including the twist of the leg and the carambola ball. I feel that every year one needs to learn something new. There is so much cricket happening today that one has to always be up to date. Also, as a spinner I feel that the more experience you have, the better you will get. I work very hard behind my fitness and with experience, I think it can always be done well.

the Delhi capitals player, however, had some words of caution in relation to the importance of variations. "Variations are always important but one has to understand how effective the stock delivery will be. If the stock delivery is effective, only then variations work. the base has to be the stock delivery and then the variations can be in and around it," adds Saxena.

Aunque técnicamente no ha realizado muchos cambios en su juego, el jugador de 32 años cree que son sus ajustes mentales the que lo han visto dejar atrás las decepciones y prosperar. Más que técnico, siento que es el aspecto mental que he cambiado bastante. Cricket es un juego que creo que tiene un 90% en la mente. Así que no solo trato de desarrollar mis habilidades sino también de mejorar mentalmente. & eso es donde el yoga ha sido de gran ayuda , dice Saxena.

Batear en diferentes posiciones le ha enseñado a Saxena a ser flexible. Intento actuar en cualquier situación o posición en la que me envíen. Para the equipos de India A, he llegado al número 7, mientras que en Ranji Trophy a veces abro e incluso he bajado al número 6 o 7. Siendo profesional tienes que adaptarte a estas cosas , dice Saxena.