Jadeja, a medium-pacer who might bat properly, performed 50 first-class matches, through which he took 134 wickets, in addition to scoring 1536 runs, between the 1974-75 and 1986-87 seasons. He additionally performed 11 Checklist A matches, through which he took 14 wickets. Publish his retirement, he turned a BCCI match referee, and officiated in 53 first-class, 18 Checklist A and 34 T20 matches.
Jadeja had a big Mumbai connection as like many prime gamers of that period, he moved to play for the home giants later. He performed for Nirlon within the Instances Defend. “It’s a really unhappy information certainly. Cricket was not a profession possibility then so many like him gave it up for the safety of a company job. In the present day gamers like him would have been superstars within the IPL,” opening legend Sunil Gavaskar advised TOI.
“We have been expensive mates. He performed with me since faculty days. He was the captain of the Siddharth School staff, and I used to play for Poddar. He was part of our staff once I led the Indian Varsities staff towards MCC in 1977. He was a fantastic allrounder. He might generate tempo and bounce even on gradual wickets. He was a match referee on the home circuit for a very long time, so we used to fulfill very often and he used to keep up a correspondence with me, however we misplaced contact within the final couple of years. He performed many instances below me, for Mumbai and for West Zone. He was unfortunate to not have performed for India,” stated former India skipper and chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar.
“Raju (as he was fondly known as by his mates) performed with me since our college days, after which for Nirlon. Many instances, we toured collectively and I’ve great reminiscences with him. He was a contender for India berth in these days. He was a real allrounder, and was thought of earlier than me in that class. Nevertheless, he didn’t do justice to his batting. He was a very good bowler, however when you’re an allrounder, you possibly can’t be good in only one division,” stated former India batsman and chief selector Sandeep Patil.
Expressing its condolences, Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) stated in a launch,: “Everybody on the SCA is deeply saddened as a result of premature demise of Rajendrasinh Jadeja, one of the vital exceptional yesteryears cricketers of Saurashtra. He left for the heavenly abode at the moment early morning after preventing a troublesome battle towards Covid-19. He gave many excellent performances in his profession. He was not solely a wonderful cricketer, but in addition one of many best coaches and match referees. He additionally served as a selector, coach and staff supervisor on the SCA. His in-depth data of cricket and keenness for the sport have been certainly exceptional.”
Former BCCI and SCVA secretary Niranjan Shah stated: “Rajendrasinh Jadeja was a person with high quality, type, ethics and nice cricketing capabilities. His dedication and contribution to cricket shall be remembered without end.”
SCA president Jaydev Shah stated: “it’s an immense loss to the world of cricket. Rajendra Sir was one of many best males that I’ve met. I used to be lucky to play many matches when he was our head coach, supervisor and mentor.”