Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 1997
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Jāmnagar, Gujarāt, India
Ajay Jadeja was born on 1 February 1971 in Jamnagar, Gujarat in Jadeja family linked with rulers of Nawanagar. He was born on 1 February 1971 in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India. He is a right handed batsman. He entered domestic cricket in 1988 and made his ODI debut on 28th February 1992 against Sri Lanka. His test debut was 13th November 1992 against South Africa. He has scored more than 5000 runs in his ODI career and more than 8000 runs in first class cricket matches. He was considered to be one of the best fielders of the Indian cricket team of his times. He blasted 45 out of 25 balls against Pakistan in the 1996 Cricket World Cup quarter finals and this is considered to be his best score. He holds the highest one day partnership for 4th and 5th wicket along with the cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin. His best moment is when he took 3 wickets for 3 runs in single over against England in the match held at Sharjah. He served as the captain of the Indian cricket team for quite sometimes and has led in 13 one day matches. The Chinnaswamy Stadium at Bangalore is favorite cricket ground.
His achievements were overshadowed when he was caught in the match fixing issue. The five year ban collapsed his cricket career forever. Though the ban was lifted by the order of the Delhi High Court on 27th January 2003, he could not get into the national cricket team after that. He played his last one day cricket match on 3rd June 2000 against Pakistan and last test match on 26th February 2000 against South Africa. In 1997, he received the Arjuna Award for his performance. He works as the cricket commentator and the coach of Rajasthan cricket team. He has shown his face in some of the movies like Khel in 2003 and Pal Pal Dil Ke Saat in 2009. He worked as cricket anchor for Zee News during the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup. He also contested in the celebrity dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in its first season and appeared in the television show Comedy Circus.