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Rajendrasinh Jadeja

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Dec 17, 2021

Rajendrasinh Jadeja, also spelt as Rajendra Raisinh Jadeja aka Rajendra Jadeja (29 November 1955 – 16 May 2021), was an Indian cricketer, coach and former BCCI official referee.[1] He played first-class cricket representing Saurashtra, West Zone and Mumbai.[2] He featured in 50 first-class matches and in 11 List A matches.

Indian cricketer, coach and referee
Not to be confused with Rajendrasinhji Jadeja or Ravindra Jadeja.

Rajendrasinh Jadeja
Personal information
Born (1955-11-29)29 November 1955
Palanpur, Bombay State, India
Died 16 May 2021(2021-05-16) (aged 65)
Rajkot, Gujarat, India
Role all-rounder
Domestic team information
Years Team
Saurashtra cricket team
West Zone cricket team
Mumbai cricket team
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 50 11
Runs scored 1536 104
Batting average 24.38 34.66
100s/50s 0/11 0/0
Top score 97 48*
Balls bowled
Wickets 134 14
Bowling average 26.24 26.64
5 wickets in innings 5 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 7/58 3/39
Catches/stumpings 12/0 3/0
Source: Cricinfo, 17 May 2021

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Jadeja played school cricket during his school days and also captained Siddharth College cricket team at school level competitions.[3] He made his first-class debut during the 1974–75 Ranji Trophy season playing for Saurashtra.[4] He soon became a prominent member of the Saurashtra team in first-class cricket and also led the pace attack for Saurashtra from the front for over a decade especially in first-class matches.[5] In between, he also turned up for Bombay cricket team in 2 first-class seasons in 1978-79 and 1979-80 being a regular member of the side.[5] He was also part of the West Zone squad which emerged as runners-up to North Zone in the 1978–79 Duleep Trophy final.[6]

Jadeja was also selected to represent the West Zone and Indian Universities Under 22 team in a friendly home match against touring Marylebone Cricket Club during 1976-77 season.[5] He also eventually went onto play alongside veteran former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar during that match against MCC. In addition, Jadeja also played for Nirlon in the Times Shield.[3]

He was hailed as one of the finest right arm medium pacers in domestic circuit during his playing days as well as regarded as a remarkable allrounder as he ended up his first-class career with scoring 1536 runs and capturing 134 wickets.[7][8] Between 1974-75 to 1986-87, Jadeja appeared in 13 first-class seasons before retiring from professional cricket.[5]

Jadeja was later appointed an official referee by the Board of Control for Cricket in India and he officiated as a referee in 53 first-class matches, 18 List A matches and 34 T20 matches.[9][10] He was also one of the referees during the 2015 Indian Premier League, where he officiated in few group stage matches. His last match as referee came on 7 November 2015 during a first-class match between Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir in the Ranji Trophy.[11]

He then became a coach, selector and team manager of the Saurashtra Cricket Association.[12] He also coached the Sorath Lions at the inaugural edition of the Saurashtra Premier League in 2019 where the team emerged as winners. His final coaching stint was with Saurashtra’s Under 23 during 2019-20 season.[5]

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