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Full name Gopal Sharma
Born August 3, 1960, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Current age 53 years 355 days
Major teams India, Uttar Pradesh
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||India v England at Kanpur, Jan 31-Feb 5, 1985 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v Sri Lanka at Chandigarh, Nov 23-27, 1990 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (SSC), Aug 25, 1985 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Pakistan at Sharjah, Apr 10, 1987 scorecard|
|List A span||1978-1992|
A right-arm offspinner whose forte was accuracy and stamina, Gopal Sharma was on the fringe of selection for a long time before finally making his Test debut against England in his home state in 1984-85. Putting the in form L Sivaramakrishnan in the shade, Sharma took 3 for 115 in 60 overs. He toured Sri Lanka in 1985-86 but played in only one Test. He played in two more Tests against Pakistan the following season, achieving his best figures of 4 for 88 at
Jaipur. With Maninder, Shastri, Arshad Ayub, Shivlal Yadav and Narendra Hirwani around, he then became a forgotten man till he was brought back for one Test against Sri Lanka in 1990-91. He was the first cricketer from Uttar Pradesh to represent India since the Maharajkumar of Vizianagaram in 1936.
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