Exclusive | I am a complete all-rounder, IPL franchises must take note of my recent performances: Chirag Jani

33-year-old Chirag Jani made a statement with his allrounder performance for Saurashtra, in the Vijay Hazare final against Maharashtra, on December 2, at Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad. A brilliant hattrick in the 1st innings was very well illustrated with an unbeaten 30 during the run chase; Bhavnagar-born batting allrounder is hoping to get a well-deserved bid at upcoming IPL 2023 mini-auctions. 

The Saurashtra allrounder was adjudged Player of the Match in the finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022. Jani’s performance in the summit clash was not just a fluke; instead, he gave a glimpse of his form in the fourth quarterfinal of the tournament, against Tamil Nadu. 

With his unbeaten 52 in just 31 deliveries, Chirag Jani was the second-highest run-getter after opener Harvik Desai (61 off 78), guiding Saurashtra to a competitive score of 293-8 against Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile, Jani’s best was yet to come as he bagged three wickets in the second innings, including dangerous-looking Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore (74 off 92). 

Winning the Vijay Hazare trophy 2022: 

It was a great day. The whole team lived up to the expectations. I had full faith in myself and wanted to make a mark with my performance. I was eager to go in the middle and contribute. I am fortunate that my performance was recognised, and I got Player of the Match in the final. Every player in the squad knew his responsibility, and that reflected in our performance. 

Expectations from IPL 2023 mini-auctions:

I am expecting a decent bid in IPL 2023 auctions. I have been in good form in recent past, hoping to be acknowledged by IPL franchise,” Chirag Jain told The Quotes.

Notably, Jani was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders set-up in 2012, but since then, the allrounder has been missing IPL action, as he failed to gain the trust of any of the franchises. 

However, Saurashtra’s all-rounder is optimistic and feels his hard work and patience will pay off one day. 

I have invested lot of hard work, and enhance my game significantly. My recent performances in the domestic circuit speaks volumes of my talent as an allrounder. I can be a great asset to any franchise. I am a wicket-take bowler, can score at the required pace, and I have caused few good run-outs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy,” Jani said. 

Spectacular performance in Dhaka Premier League 2022:

Jani’s performance in the Dhaka Premier League 2022 for Legends of Rupganj went unnoticed by many in India, but the right-handed batter was among the top performers in the league.

His all-around performance became the talk of the town in Bangladesh, as he amassed 597 runs (fifth-highest wicket-taker) and bagged 22 wickets (third-highest) in 14 innings. 

I am playing domestic cricket from quite some time now. I have good experience of performing in crunch situations. I believe, I am a match-winner and carry the same approach towards every game and format,” concluded Jani.

Dinesh Karthik’s comeback gave a lot of hope:

The cricketer further told The Quotes that he had taken a lot of hope from Dinesh Karthik’s comeback to the squad. 

All those players in the domestic set-up who are running out of age look up to Dinesh bhai. He has literally proved the fact that age is just a number. I hope my domestic performance can help me to get a chance at a better stage, where I can show everyone my potential,” Jani said. 

Ranji Trophy 2022-23:

There will be a shift from the white-ball squad to red-ball cricket. We have camps in Rajkot, and I am confident our team will emerge as a strong force in the elite tournament. 

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