Full name Parthasarathy Harishchandra Sharma
Born January 5, 1948, Alwar, Rajasthan
Died October 20, 2010 (aged 62 years 288 days)
Major teams India, Rajasthan
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||India v West Indies at Delhi, Dec 11-15, 1974 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v England at Kolkata, Jan 1-6, 1977 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v India at Christchurch, Feb 21, 1976 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v India at Auckland, Feb 22, 1976 scorecard|
|First-class span||1962/63 - 1984/85|
|List A span||1973/74 - 1979/80|
A cricketer whose Test career did not compare to his impressive domestic record, Parthasarthi Sharma was a well-built, right-hand batsman. Selected in the national team following a series of impressive performances for Rajasthan and Central Zone in the Ranji and Duleep Trophies, Sharma had a promising beginning, scoring 54 and 49 on debut against West Indies in Delhi in 1974-75. A less successful outing in the next Test, in which he scored 6 and 9, had him axed. On tours to New Zealand and West Indies, Sharma opened with Sunil Gavaskar in the first Test in Bridgetown, but scored only 6 and 1. At home against England in 1976-77, he had scores of 4, 29, 9 and 20 in two Tests and was discarded for good after defeats in both games.
On the domestic circuit, however, Sharma played with distinction during a first-class career that spanned two decades. In the Ranji Trophy he scored 4372 runs (38.69) and in the Duleep Trophy he made 1379 runs (38.31). He was a mainstay of the Rajasthan side that repeatedly won the Central Zone championship and finished runners-up several times in the national competition. He was one of the stars of Central Zone's maiden triumph in the Duleep Trophy in 1971-72. Sharma died of cancer at the age of 62 in 2010.
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