February 19, 2000

Break-up of Ajay Sharma's First-class Statistics

Philip Bailey

All First-Class Matches

M I NO R HS Av 100 50 1984-85 4 5 0 278 131 55.60 1 2 1985-86 6 5 0 187 110 37.40 1 0 1986-87 12 15 1 502 105 35.85 2 1 1987-88 11 14 2 494 99 41.16 0 3 1988-89 6 5 1 366 130 91.50 2 2 1988-89(WI) 3 3 0 75 57 25.00 0 1 1989-90 2 2 0 145 117 72.50 1 0 1989-90(NZ) 2 4 1 160 87 53.33 0 2 1990-91 6 6 1 614 216 122.40 3 1 1991-92 9 12 1 1037 259* 94.27 4 3 1992-93 8 14 2 684 150 57.00 2 5 1993-94 5 5 1 504 235* 126.00 3 0 1994-95 12 14 0 1288 240 92.00 5 3 1995-96 11 19 1 1217 188 67.61 5 3 1996-97 10 13 1 1198 220* 99.83 5 5 1997-98 7 11 1 386 101 38.60 1 2 1998-99 7 8 1 560 213 80.00 2 1 1999-2000 5 5 0 306 143 61.00 1 1 (to 1st Innings v Bengal)

Total 126 160 14 10001 259* 68.50 38 35

Ranji Trophy (for Delhi)

M I NO R HS Av 100 50 1984-85 4 5 0 278 131 55.60 1 2 1985-86 6 5 0 187 110 37.40 1 0 1986-87 7 8 1 327 105 46.71 2 0 1987-88 5 4 1 152 53 50.66 0 1 1988-89 4 4 0 266 130 66.50 1 2 1989-90 1 1 0 28 28 28.00 0 0 1990-91 4 4 1 563 216 187.66 3 1 1991-92 7 9 1 933 259* 116.62 4 2 1992-93 3 5 1 435 150 108.75 2 2 1993-94 3 3 1 243 235* 121.50 1 0 1994-95 8 9 0 784 240 87.11 3 2 1995-96 7 12 1 864 167 78.55 4 1 1996-97 8 10 1 1033 220* 114.78 5 3 1997-98 6 9 1 360 101 45.00 1 2 1998-99 7 8 1 560 213 80.00 2 1 1999-2000 5 5 0 306 143 61.00 1 1 (to 1st Innings v Bengal)

Total 85 101 10 7319 259* 80.42 31 20

Irani Trophy (for Delhi)

M I NO R HS Av 100 50

1986-87 1 2 0 39 21 19.50 0 0 1992-93 1 2 0 15 15 7.50 0 0

Total 2 4 0 54 21 13.50 0 0

Duleep Trophy (for North Zone)

M I NO R HS Av 100 50 1987-88 3 5 1 136 60 34.00 0 1 1988-89 2 1 1 100 100* - 1 0 1989-90 1 1 0 117 117 117.00 1 0 1990-91 2 2 0 51 40 25.50 0 0 1991-92 2 3 0 104 89 34.66 0 1 1992-93 2 4 0 143 61 35.75 0 2 1993-94 2 2 0 261 151 130.50 2 0 1994-95 4 5 0 504 202 100.80 2 1 1995-96 4 7 0 353 188 50.42 1 2 1996-97 2 3 0 165 80 55.00 0 2 1997-98 1 2 0 26 13 13.00 0 0

Total 25 35 2 1960 202 59.39 7 9

India (Test Match)

M I NO R HS Av 100 50

1987-88 1 2 0 53 30 26.50 0 0 v WI

India (Tours Abroad) M I NO R HS Av 100 50

1988-89 3 3 0 75 57 25.00 0 1 in WI 1989-90 2 4 1 160 87 53.33 0 2 in NZ

Total 5 7 1 235 87 39.16 0 3

Delhi v Tourists

M I NO R HS Av 100 50

1986-87 2 2 0 106 66 53.00 0 1 v Aus/Pak 1992-93 1 2 1 91 61* 91.00 0 1 v Eng

Total 3 4 1 197 66 65.66 0 2

Under 25 v Tourists

M I NO R HS Av 100 50 1986-87 2 3 0 30 18 10.00 0 0 v Ind/SL

North Zone v Tourists

M I NO R HS Av 100 50 1987-88 1 1 0 99 99 99.00 0 1 v WI

President's XI v Tourists

M I NO R HS Av 100 50 1987-88 1 2 0 54 27 27.00 0 0 v WI 1992-93 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 v Eng

Total 2 3 0 54 27 18.00 0 0

The other high career First-class averages for those scoring 10,000 runs are:

I NO R HS Av 100 D.G.Bradman 338 43 28067 452* 95.14 117 1927/28-1948/49 V.M.Merchant 229 43 13248 359* 71.22 44 1929/30-1951/52 Ajay Sharma 160 14 10001 259* 68.50 38 1984/85-1999/2000 W.H.Ponsford 235 23 13819 437 65.18 47 1920/21-1934/35 W.M.Woodfull 245 39 13388 284 64.99 48 1921/22-1934/35

These are the only players to average 60.00 in a career while scoring at least 10000 runs. In the 1999 Wisden S.R.Tendulkar qualified for the list with a career average of 60.11 (to the end of 1998 English season), but his average fell during the 1998-99 season, at the end of which his record

was:                   224     22   12070    204*    59.75   38      1988/89-1998/99

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