Full name Rajesh Vithal Pawar
Born September 6, 1979, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra
Current age 37 years 325 days
Major teams Baroda, Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai, Mumbai Indians
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Last First-class||Andhra v Kerala at Cuddapah, Dec 29, 2012 - Jan 1, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||1996/97|
|Last List A||Baroda v Bengal at Agartala, Mar 6, 2009 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Baroda v Mumbai at Mumbai, Apr 3, 2007 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Baroda v Maharashtra at Pune, Oct 25, 2009 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|3||IOC-XI||v Andhra Bank||Ahmedabad||18 Feb 2014||Other OD|
|0, 0/11||IOC-XI||v Chemplast||Ahmedabad||17 Feb 2014||Other OD|
|3/29, 10||IOC-XI||v Income Tax||Ahmedabad||16 Feb 2014||Other OD|
|14, 0/27||IOC-XI||v India Cem||Nagpur||4 Feb 2013||Other OD|
|4/30||IOC-XI||v SB of Mysore||Nagpur||2 Feb 2013||Other OD|
|1/19||IOC-XI||v BSNL||Nagpur||1 Feb 2013||Other OD|
|4, 0/65, 17, 0/41||Andhra||v Kerala||Cuddapah||29 Dec 2012||FC|
|37, 2/127, 49||Andhra||v Assam||Guwahati||22 Dec 2012||FC|
|1/60, 41, 1/101, 0*||Andhra||v Jharkhand||Dhanbad||15 Dec 2012||FC|
|2/24, 52, 0/21||Andhra||v J + K||Jammu||24 Nov 2012||FC|
When he made his first-class debut in 1996, aged 16, Rajesh Pawar was being touted as India's next great left-arm spin hope. He went on to lead the Mumbai Under-19 side and was part of the Indian U-19 squad at the 1998 junior World Cup, a side that comprised Mohammad Kaif and Harbhajan Singh. He was the revelation in the 1999-00 domestic season, grabbing 44 first-class wickets and coming close to national selection.
But he struggled to hold his place in a strong Mumbai line-up - comprising a formidable spin trio of Nilesh Kulkarni, Sairaj Bahutule and Ramesh Powar - and could manage only 30 wickets in his next three seasons. A move to neighbouring Baroda, with a little help from club-mate Zaheer Khan, allowed him to start afresh and despite a sluggish start, with only three wickets from four games in 2003-04, he's been a consistent performer over the last three seasons.
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