Jalaj Saxena took six of the ten wickets that fell on day two of India A's three-day game against New Zealand A at Visakhapatnam. (BCCI)
New Delhi: After running through the New Zealand A batting order on day two of the three-day match in Visakhapatnam, India A allrounder Jalaj Saxena credited his success to the result of his consistent bowling. "My only aim was to maintain a consistent line as the wicket was good for batting and I was rewarded duly for sticking to that," Saxena, who took 6 for 106 with his offspin, told Cricketnext.
New Zealand A, who lost four wickets for 55 early on, went on to make 310 thanks to Luke Ronchi's blazing 125 off just 110 balls, with 16 fours and four sixes. Saxena said though they bowled well, lapses on the field cost India A. "We gave them at least six or seven chances. Ronchi couldn't have got that many runs had we held on to three chances that he provided us," said Saxena, who plays for Madhya Pradesh in domestic cricket.
After his brilliant showing with the ball, Saxena also expects to contribute with the bat. "I don't know at which spot I will be batting but I am confident that I will try to grab the opportunity whenever it comes my way tomorrow," said Jalaj, who has scored most of his 2618 runs in 52 first-class matches while opening the batting for MP.
Saxena is also hopeful to make the most of the New Zealand series as he got picked for both the three and four-day matches as well as for the limited-overs series. "I am hoping to get as many runs and wickets in these matches. Doing well here will give me confidence for the upcoming domestic season," he added.