Full name Rahul Laxman Sanghvi
Born September 3, 1974, Surat, Gujarat
Current age 40 years 333 days
Major teams India, Delhi, Railways
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Only Test||India v Australia at Mumbai, Feb 27-Mar 1, 2001 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v Pakistan at Dhaka, Jan 18, 1998 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Sep 30, 1998 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Delhi v Uttar Pradesh at Delhi, Dec 1-4, 2006 scorecard|
|List A debut||1994/95|
|Last List A||Delhi v Rajasthan at Kolkata, Feb 11, 2004 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/29||Ind Masters||v Eng Masters||Bridgetown||9 Nov 2010||Other T20|
|2/31, 0*||Ind Masters||v Eng Masters||Bridgetown||7 Nov 2010||Other T20|
|0*, 0/54||Delhi||v U. Pradesh||Delhi||1 Dec 2006||FC|
|2/76, 0/35||Delhi||v Tamil Nadu||Delhi||23 Nov 2006||FC|
|0, 1/29, 4, 0/16||Delhi||v Bengal||Delhi||1 Dec 2005||FC|
In a little under two years, Rahul Sanghvi played in 10 ODIs. He did reasonably well too, and his best bowling figures were notched up against Zimbabwe in the tri-series in India in 1998. He kept the run hungry Australian batsmen on a leash in the Coca Cola Cup final at Sharjah the same year. Then, as suddenly as he made it to the national side, he was dropped and forgotten for more than two years. However, the left-arm spinner has always adopted a never say die approach. A string of notable performances for Delhi and North Zone saw him make his debut in the first Test against Australia in 2000-01, but he was immediately dropped in the aftermath of the defeat.
An orthodox spinner of the ball, Sanghvi has come up through the ranks having toured England in 1994 with the Indian Under-19 side. He is particularly impressive on batsman friendly pitches. Sanghvi, who learnt the finer points of the art from Bishen Singh Bedi, has all the attributes - line, length, control of turn and flight and enough variety - to command a regular place in the national side.
What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?