India news October 16, 2013

Agarkar retires from all cricket

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Ajit Agarkar, the former India seamer, has announced his retirement from all competitive cricket. Agarkar had led Mumbai, for whom he played all his Ranji Trophy cricket, to the domestic first-class title in the 2012-13 season. He played 110 first-class games in all, taking 299 wickets at 30.69, as well as 270 List A games and 62 T20s in a career that began in 1996-97.

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Agarkar said, given how balanced the Mumbai team is at the moment, he decided it was the right time to go. "It was the right time for me. One more season was not going to change much. It could only have meant I would have been around for one more season and one of the youngsters would have been benched for Mumbai.

"I don't have a chance to play for India [again], so I thought it was the right time. Moreover, it's not a young [Mumbai] team anymore. It's a well-balanced unit and I feel it was time to let the younger lot carry the mantle."

Agarkar's decision caught everyone at the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), including the selection panel, by surprise. Sudhir Naik, Mumbai's chairman of selectors, said that he and his panel were set to appoint Agarkar as the captain for the forthcoming domestic season. "It is a surprise to us. Today we had a selection committee meeting where practically we had decided to appoint him as the captain," Naik said. "But before the meeting commenced, we were told he had informed the MCA that he was retiring." Zaheer Khan was later named the captain for Mumbai's Ranji season opener.

In the last few years Agarkar failed to play consistently as recurring injuries force him to sit out. However when he was fit, Agarkar played.

"He was a typical Mumbai player. He could bring out his best and win the critical sessions," Pravin Amre, the former Mumbai coach, said. According to Amre, one of Agarkar's finest hours was in Mysore in 2009, when his aggressive burst of fast bowling denied Karnataka the Ranji Trophy. It was one of the most thrilling first-class matches in India's domestic cricket, when Karnataka nearly chased down 338. Manish Pandey had completed an aggressive and fluent century. Karnataka were marching quickly towards the title, backed by a vociferous home crowd. But a charged up Agarkar, angered by a verbal exchange with an opposition player, bowled with fierce intensity to clinch a five-for and snatch control back for Mumbai.

"His five-for in the second innings was memorable. It was such a tight game but he stood strong to snatch that final wicket," Amre said. "A close appeal was not given but that really fired him up, and the rest of the team which was behind him.

"He always valued the Mumbai cap. His intensity was always high against a tough opponent."

In all, Agarkar was part of eight Ranji Trophy winning sides in his 16-year career. Agarkar was named Mumbai captain last year, following a small controversy. In November 2011, Agarkar had left the team in Cuttack as he was disappointed at not being picked in the XI for a match against Orissa. He consequently withdrew from the squad for the entire 2011-12 Ranji season, before reconciling with the Mumbai association and taking charge for the domestic one-day competition, the Vijay Hazare Trophy, in February 2012. Prior to the start of the following season, he was named first-class captain as well.

Agarkar's international career ran from 1998 to 2007, during which he featured in 26 Tests, 191 ODIs and four Twenty20 internationals. He was off to a flying start in one-day internationals, breaking the then record for the fastest to 50 wickets. He helped India complete a historic win - their first Test match victory in Australia in 23 years - in Adelaide in 2003, with a second-innings six-wicket haul. Despite those infamous five Test ducks in a row against Australia in 1999-2000, Agarkar was also handy with the bat - he has a century at Lord's to his name, which he scored during India's 2002 tour of England. He scored a fifty off 21 balls in an ODI against Zimbabwe in Rajkot in 2000, which remains the fastest one-day fifty by an Indian.

Speaking about Agarkar's retirement, BCCI president N Srinivasan said in a release: "Ajit Agarkar served India with distinction for nearly a decade. On behalf of the BCCI, I congratulate him on a fine career, and wish him all the best for the future."

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  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | October 17, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    others have talked about his adelaide, fastest 50 and consistent 140+. what also impressed me about agarkar was his fielding and how fast, flat and accurate his throw from the boundary line was. not many in india can do that.

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | October 17, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Ajit Agarkar, another case of potential that was ignored and wasted. Starting his career as quickest to get 50 ODI wickets, he could have been one of the best all rounders of all time but could not really cement his place in playing 11. I saw best of him coming with ball under Ganguly's captaincy when he rattled Australian batting order in Sydney to earn historical test win for India. He also had rare achievement of getting test century in Lords that also on fifth day of a test match. But he could not do much after that because never got trusted by coach and captain post Ganguly post Wright era. Anyways hats off to all his achievements.

  • POSTED BY judson_jd on | October 16, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    The most underrated player ever. He hasn't played international cricket for the past 6 years. Yet he stands 13th in the all time Wicket takers in ODI Cricket.. Such was his impact. The media will now talk about how good he was. Sadly they aggrevated his downfall. He was always rediculed for his ducks. Always ridiculed for his inconsistency and bowling the "boundary" ball every over. No one understands his stats. His econmony rate of 5.07 after 191 matches is just brilliant. Just compare him with the current lot of bowlers and you'd know his importance. People say that he featured only because of Tendulkar. Ironically he has played only 6 of the 191 matches under Sachin. It's a sad sad day for Cricket and for me. Just as him, I was hoping he would make a comeback sometime in his career. The greatest fighter of all times. The most wonderful bowler to watch. Hail Agarkar. Shall miss u.

  • POSTED BY Former_SJCC on | October 19, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Agarkar, what a talent. maybe years from now we may come to know of the true story of what happened to this potential and why India was not able to groom this talent to the tilt. to be dropped off the international team when you are at 28 supposedly one of the fittest periods of a bowler and not having a chance there on points to some intrinsic flaws in our grooming of talent. Somehow after Kapil we just have not been able to groom a talent for an all rounder slot and this chap surely had the chops. Fast bowling is a tough art and i hope India learns to groom its pacers rather than wasting time on theories that chaps like ishant due to their height will be match winners. height cant ever compensate for heart and agarkar had a lot of heart. wishing him the best in all the endeavors for his future.

  • POSTED BY agarkarno1 on | October 18, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    i am an agarkar fan since 1998. those teenage days...! I can never become a fan of any other cricketer in my life...! My dream allrounder...! Yes it ended as dream only...! But loved his every action on the field...!

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    I really feel very sad bcos he was the only indian bowler whom i enjoyed bowling. What an action,140+ & so easy on eyes. He was a genine wicket taker with agressive mentality & never believed in containment. He was in 'Allan donald mould' who once famously said: i would have figures of 10-0-60-4 rather than 10-4-29-0. He believed in taking wickets which every bowler should do.In hind sight i suppose he was'nt handled well bcos he was a confidence player. Alas he never had full backing of his skippers & india lost a genine allrounder.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Well an anticlimax for what could have been a glorious career. I remember when i was 16 when this young agarkar poster came in sportstar magazine. He was an allrounder with neat bowling action & handy with the bat. He was tipped to b next Kapil dev. Frequent injuries & bad management of his then skippers[azhar & ganguly] played havoc with his career. Well he was inconsistent sometimes & his dark hour came in 1999 world cup when he was dropped after defeat to australia. And then advent of zaheer & nehra in 2000 with ganguly's penchant for left arm seamers drilled the final nail in the coffin. He did enjoy faith of dravid & chappel which helped him play 2007 world cup but that was it. I think it was a potential career which took of only to crash land.Tht's why i am happy for rohit sharma bcos if not for selectors & captain's backing, v would have lost too him in wilderness.

  • POSTED BY HiyerNHiyer on | October 18, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Still one of my favorite cricketers who lost out to back office politics and was grossly mismanaged.. He probably would have been the ideal number 8 batsman and an wicket taking medium pace bowler plus a very athletic fielder. Imagine he played only 26 tests and had a ODI strike rate of 32.9 @ 5.07 for 288 wickets across 190 odd ODIs... He could have been a permanent fixture in our one day team and overseas test teams. Love you Ajit Agarkar and will miss you

  • POSTED BY Mohit_KS on | October 18, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    He was my first favorite bowler. He had a lovely bowling action. I used to imitate him. He had the best throwing arm in the world. He had a great strike rate in ODIs. He was a handy batsman too. I will miss him...good memories Agarkar...

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | October 18, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Some brief flashes of brillance by Agarkar whilst he played for India. Dont know where he went wrong......Anyway Best of luck. At least you made for your exclusion from Indian team by playing domestic.

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | October 17, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    others have talked about his adelaide, fastest 50 and consistent 140+. what also impressed me about agarkar was his fielding and how fast, flat and accurate his throw from the boundary line was. not many in india can do that.

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | October 17, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Ajit Agarkar, another case of potential that was ignored and wasted. Starting his career as quickest to get 50 ODI wickets, he could have been one of the best all rounders of all time but could not really cement his place in playing 11. I saw best of him coming with ball under Ganguly's captaincy when he rattled Australian batting order in Sydney to earn historical test win for India. He also had rare achievement of getting test century in Lords that also on fifth day of a test match. But he could not do much after that because never got trusted by coach and captain post Ganguly post Wright era. Anyways hats off to all his achievements.

  • POSTED BY judson_jd on | October 16, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    The most underrated player ever. He hasn't played international cricket for the past 6 years. Yet he stands 13th in the all time Wicket takers in ODI Cricket.. Such was his impact. The media will now talk about how good he was. Sadly they aggrevated his downfall. He was always rediculed for his ducks. Always ridiculed for his inconsistency and bowling the "boundary" ball every over. No one understands his stats. His econmony rate of 5.07 after 191 matches is just brilliant. Just compare him with the current lot of bowlers and you'd know his importance. People say that he featured only because of Tendulkar. Ironically he has played only 6 of the 191 matches under Sachin. It's a sad sad day for Cricket and for me. Just as him, I was hoping he would make a comeback sometime in his career. The greatest fighter of all times. The most wonderful bowler to watch. Hail Agarkar. Shall miss u.

  • POSTED BY Former_SJCC on | October 19, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Agarkar, what a talent. maybe years from now we may come to know of the true story of what happened to this potential and why India was not able to groom this talent to the tilt. to be dropped off the international team when you are at 28 supposedly one of the fittest periods of a bowler and not having a chance there on points to some intrinsic flaws in our grooming of talent. Somehow after Kapil we just have not been able to groom a talent for an all rounder slot and this chap surely had the chops. Fast bowling is a tough art and i hope India learns to groom its pacers rather than wasting time on theories that chaps like ishant due to their height will be match winners. height cant ever compensate for heart and agarkar had a lot of heart. wishing him the best in all the endeavors for his future.

  • POSTED BY agarkarno1 on | October 18, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    i am an agarkar fan since 1998. those teenage days...! I can never become a fan of any other cricketer in my life...! My dream allrounder...! Yes it ended as dream only...! But loved his every action on the field...!

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    I really feel very sad bcos he was the only indian bowler whom i enjoyed bowling. What an action,140+ & so easy on eyes. He was a genine wicket taker with agressive mentality & never believed in containment. He was in 'Allan donald mould' who once famously said: i would have figures of 10-0-60-4 rather than 10-4-29-0. He believed in taking wickets which every bowler should do.In hind sight i suppose he was'nt handled well bcos he was a confidence player. Alas he never had full backing of his skippers & india lost a genine allrounder.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Well an anticlimax for what could have been a glorious career. I remember when i was 16 when this young agarkar poster came in sportstar magazine. He was an allrounder with neat bowling action & handy with the bat. He was tipped to b next Kapil dev. Frequent injuries & bad management of his then skippers[azhar & ganguly] played havoc with his career. Well he was inconsistent sometimes & his dark hour came in 1999 world cup when he was dropped after defeat to australia. And then advent of zaheer & nehra in 2000 with ganguly's penchant for left arm seamers drilled the final nail in the coffin. He did enjoy faith of dravid & chappel which helped him play 2007 world cup but that was it. I think it was a potential career which took of only to crash land.Tht's why i am happy for rohit sharma bcos if not for selectors & captain's backing, v would have lost too him in wilderness.

  • POSTED BY HiyerNHiyer on | October 18, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Still one of my favorite cricketers who lost out to back office politics and was grossly mismanaged.. He probably would have been the ideal number 8 batsman and an wicket taking medium pace bowler plus a very athletic fielder. Imagine he played only 26 tests and had a ODI strike rate of 32.9 @ 5.07 for 288 wickets across 190 odd ODIs... He could have been a permanent fixture in our one day team and overseas test teams. Love you Ajit Agarkar and will miss you

  • POSTED BY Mohit_KS on | October 18, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    He was my first favorite bowler. He had a lovely bowling action. I used to imitate him. He had the best throwing arm in the world. He had a great strike rate in ODIs. He was a handy batsman too. I will miss him...good memories Agarkar...

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | October 18, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Some brief flashes of brillance by Agarkar whilst he played for India. Dont know where he went wrong......Anyway Best of luck. At least you made for your exclusion from Indian team by playing domestic.

  • POSTED BY on | October 18, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    He is a genuine wicket taking bowler. His fielding was amzing.He had not done justice to his batting with the exception of a couple of knocks. Great talent that was not used properly. He could have become a very good all rounder.

  • POSTED BY gangs_cric on | October 17, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    One of the best fast bowler for India. Agarkar is the bowler who started bowling with speed 140+ for india. It was always good to see his flat throw's from boundary line. Thank's alot for ur services to india and entertaining us for so long yrs.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    In a country dominated with batsmen and spinners, he performed consistently through out his career. He was a wicket taker, and bowled like one. Fastest 50 wickets, century at lords, 'that' five for in sydney, captain of Ranji winning Mumbai team, and served India for a long long time... any bowler would take. Its not easy being a fast bowler in India, and was definitely not easy for Ajit too, but then I would say he did a pretty good job. He may not be one of the best bowlers in the world, but yes he is definitely one of my favorites in the world!

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | October 17, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Had there been a record of edges falling in nomen's land off bowlers. Agarkar would have topped that list too. Those edges always used to convert as boundaries and devastated his economy rates but those were all potential wickets.

  • POSTED BY GautamJo on | October 17, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Back in early 1990s Ajit used to play for Achrekar seniors and I had the privilege of playing a few games against him. He was head and shoulders above the other kids. Remember a few whistling past my nose. Most coaches and local cricketers thought he would play for India and he sure did with distinction. Congratulations Ajit on a wonderful career and good luck for what lies ahead.

  • POSTED BY IT13 on | October 17, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    I remember his first ODI against Pakistan back in 1998. It was the first match of the Sahara Cup on 12th September 1998. He was about to bowl his first delivery against Pakistan. Batsman was Shahid Afridi. And wow, Afridi did hit Ajit for a huge six on his very first delivery . And I was like what was afridi thinking, he didn't have an idea what Ajit will bowl at him. Being hit for a six on first delivery, I am sure that wasn't the start he was hoping for. But he was a fighter and did came back good with 2 wickets in that match. Which shows his fighting character. And he showed that all over his career.

  • POSTED BY ucricket_12 on | October 17, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    One of India's best ODI bowler...truelly legend..

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Agarkar was the best Indian bowler i always admired him

  • POSTED BY arunnr on | October 17, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    I see everyone talking about the boundary balls, there were other things which are to be considered. Indian team fielding wasn't that exceptional in the early stages of his career. He was an outright Out-swing bowler with a good pace and had enough skills in this bag for death bowling. He wasn't as successful as he should have been in tests. He was a fierce competitor and I always love his action. Agarkar with Zak would have formed a deadly partnership had both touched their peak in the mid 2000s.. Anyway best wishes for someone who had Ranji for a long time even after been dropped from the team some 6 years back.

  • POSTED BY A.Ak on | October 17, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    The best Indian ODI strike bowler. We will miss him. He will be remembered as the bowling spearhead behind India's Adelaide test win, also for a ton at Lord's. All the best.

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | October 17, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    There was a time when AA was the quickest to take 50 wickets in ODIs which was a accurate reflection of his ability but with hindsight was the highlight of his career. Yet another Indian bowler who was capable of some outstanding performances but far too many inexplicably average performances thus resulting in him not fulfulling his undoubted abilility with the ball and played some entertaining knocks with the bat. I've followed his career with excitement and frustation and and I feel a little sadness at the news of his retirement. Thanks for the memories for those good days and wish you all the best in whatever you do next.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    I loved his bowling style. Sleek, simple, aggressive and with pace. I enjoyed his best moments and kept praying for his come back in the national side. I always felt he was better than Pathan, Ishant, Nehra, Shreesanth etc. I really hoped that one day he would make it back to the national squad. Anyway I will remember him for his swinging bowling and some very fine knocks. Salute Sir!

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    great boller and indian fastest 50 maker in odi

  • POSTED BY naveenpnayak on | October 17, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    As far I know.. Agarkar was the best Indian bowler we had so far.. He had good bowling action, handy aggressive batsmen with good fielding capability. He was not picked for 6 years even though he took 288 wickets in 191 ODI's such a waste of talent. Agarkar would always miss u.. but the memories u created would always be with us..Let it be ur fastest 50 wkts or ur fastest 50 Runs..

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    A terrific ODI bowler...his strike rate was way ahead than any of the Indian Seamer in ODI's, may go for runs but always provide crucial wickets...probably the unluckiest cricket who despite being an amazing talent, never got the confidence of selectors and captain.

  • POSTED BY balajik1968 on | October 17, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Good player; was'nt used well. Worked up good pace with that slight frame. Somehow people always tended to put him down. His limited overs figures are quite good. Test career not so much, though he did set up that historic win in 2003 at Adelaide with 6 wickets in the 2nd innings. Good luck.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    288 wickets without ever being a certainty in the team, with that tiny frame and that meek run up. How he generated pace and remained relatively free will remain a mystery.

    He was the most consistent Indian bowler to get 3 of more wickets in an inning, also holds the Indian record for maximum 4 wicket hauls.

    You will be remembered Agarkar, not for the 7 ducks but for your contributions in some of India's famous wins and for bowling some of the most unplayable deliveries by an Indian pacer.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Ajit Agarkar played a big part along with Dravid in Adelaide win in 2003.He also took 6-42 in one of the match of tri series against Australia which India lost by small margin.Agarkar stands behind Kumble and Srinath as the third highest wicket taker for India in ODI's.Agarkar also had good technique as a batsman scoring 100 at Lords on green wicket in 2002 test.He also scored 67 off 25 balls against Zimbabwe in an ODI.Ajit Agarkar though couldn't live to expectations of his fans as an allrounder .Ajit you will be missed.Thank you for the Memories..

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    A cricket who quietly went about his business, and tried his best always. Respect.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    It is another prominent cricket player in Agarkar retiring. He was a dedicated player and was a team man. With his retirement and subsequent Tandulkar's retirement, the KAR's of Bombay are no more in Indian cricket. We have had Gavaskar, Wadekar, Solkar, Manjrekar Jr Sr, Hardiker,Parker, Phadkar, Rangnekar, Vengsarkar, Sivalkar and many more. So the end of KAR dynasty is in the offing! The KAR'S have made enormous contribution.

  • POSTED BY Vishnuchandar on | October 17, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    wish u more sucess to be in future. all the best mumbaaiiikarr....

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    ajit agarkars performance has always been under-rated. though he may have gone for runs but he had the knack of picket wickets at the start especially with the new ball in limited overs. he dint got much chance in dhonis captaincy, as dhoni dint relied on him too much. he never disappointed when it came to play the role of pinch hitter. india should also get agarkars partner ASHISH NEHRA back into the team.

  • POSTED BY bipulkumar on | October 17, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Look at various world record stats (not the highest ones but the fastest ones) and you will find Agarkar everywhere. He was one of the finest bowlers India has ever produced and squandered.

  • POSTED BY amit.chippa on | October 17, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Another champion hanged his boots. :( #Agarkar : My most favorite bowler of all time. Can still remember that In-swinger you bowled to Kallis to take his Off-stump off! Still gives me goose bumps... Many memories.. Wish you could make comeback in Indian side.. You and Zaheer would have been the Best Jodi!

    If wishes were horses...

    Best wishes for the Future!

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on | October 17, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    I am not from Mumbai or a Marathi , but I am a big fan of Agarkar. I was always amazed how he generated that >140Km/hr pace with that frail body. His rhythm was outstanding. He had one of the best bowling actions ever. His run up , delivery stride and release used to remind me of Michael Holding. He was a player in India team that I always cheered for. He could have played for few more years . He will always remembered as the bowler to reach 50 wickets in minimum number of matches in ODI.

    And also , the allrounder India never had.

  • POSTED BY sramesh_74 on | October 17, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    The Bombay duck quacks for the last time..Agarkar frustrated Indian cricket followers for a long time. The talent was so evident. He was a natural swinger of the ball, was quite sharp, could hit the ball sweetly and was a superb fielder in the outfield. Unfortunately for Indian cricket, his performances were not a true reflection of the talent he possessed.

  • POSTED BY TATTUs on | October 17, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    A great player when in form. Could have been utilized better. But the thing he will be remembered for apart from that Lords 100 and ducks in Australia is his 6 wickets that WON the Adelaide test match after Dravid and Laxman made sure India could not possibly lose. Other one is his first ODI series where he picked 4 wickets to win India the match, again vs the Aussies.

  • POSTED BY Rodc on | October 17, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    had the ability to become the Indias greatest allrounder,not many know that ajit started his career as batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Always felt that Agarkar would have been regarded highly if he hadn't toured Australia in 1999 as all rounder and if there were 5 balls in an over instead of 6. He will always be remembered as cult cricketer of India.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    It is another prominent cricket player in Agarkar retiring. He was a dedicated player and was a team man. With his retirement and subsequent Tandulkar's retirement, the KAR's of Bombay are no more in Indian cricket. We have had Gavaskar, Wadekar, Solkar, Manjrekar Jr Sr, Hardiker,Parker, Phadkar, Rangnekar, Vengsarkar, Sivalkar and many more. So the end of KAR dynasty is in the offing! The KAR'S have made enormous contribution.

  • POSTED BY Realhotshady on | October 17, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Agarkar was truly a genuine allrounder India ever produced after Kapil Dev. He was truly underrated and constantly criticized even though his performance has always been better than his contemporary bowlers. His stats says it all but media and selectors were always biased to him. If the team performed bad, everyone will blame a single man and he would be out of the team. Fastest fifty by an Indian and a century in Lord's tells the true story that he was indeed an allrounder and the swing and pace in his bowling is better than Srinath's or Zaheer's. We will miss him dearly. At least he should have played one more IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | October 17, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    One of my favourite cricketers and a better bowler than any other in our current team... he could have completed 300 wickets in ODI's ....

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | October 17, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    He would have been a better choice than Vinay Kumar and Ishant Sharma even today when he is fit.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    My favorite Cricketer..A genuine out swing Bowler...His magical delivery to kallis in 2007 ODI is one of the highlights of his career..

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | October 16, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    he is still better than ishant's, shami's modern bowlers good career comes to end probably remembered for his lord's hundred than his bowling which i think he under achieved

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 16, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    still remember his 21 ball 50 and match winning performance in adelaide...thankx 4 the memories ajit..u were part of 2007 t20 world cup winning team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    One who always gave away too many cheap runs but also took wickets. Always was frustrating to see him bat or bowl. Could never be sure of his contribution. His contribution in IPL was also marginal at best.

  • POSTED BY JohnnyRook on | October 16, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    @judson_jd. My feelings exactly.

    Agarkar suffered primarily for two reasons. One was his batting potential which raised the expectations. No one expects Ishant Sharma, Nehra, Vinay Kumar or Pravin Kumar to hit a fifty even occasionally but selectors and fans didn't treat Agarkar in the same way after his centuries in tests and fastest Indian fifty in ODIs.

    Other was his performances in tests which were clearly not up to the mark. But selectors gave him a boot from ODIs too. Facts is that he was a wonderful ODI bowler. He was inconsistent sure but that hurts only in tests. One boundary ball and one wicket taking ball every over in a fantastic deal in ODIs. Agarkar haters should look at his ODI performances and compare it with the all the bowlers who were tried in his place in last 6 years (and are still being tried).

    To sum up, I repeat a quote I read in an article some time back. "Agarkar failed India in tests and India failed Agarkar in ODIs"

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 16, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    A cup of water has spilled from the glass! Wonderful bowler! Energetic batsman in times of need! We will miss you and we are used to it!

  • POSTED BY Gocool87 on | October 16, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    One of the favorite when he started the carrier. Best bowling action. All the best for your rest of your life.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 16, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    1 short of 300 fc wickets... selfless cricketer... congratulation Ajit bhai

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 16, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Thanks for all things u have given for cricjet

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Ajit Agarkar. Don't think he did justice to his talent, nevertheless was a very handy ODI bowler, a wickettaker for sure. Wishing him all the best for his life after cricket. Hopefully he can offer something to the game even after his playing days.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Will miss Agarkar,one of India's wicket taking bowler in IPL....

  • POSTED BY RajeshNaik on | October 16, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    That is some news. I thought he still had at least a couple of years cricket in him. He will be remembered for that 5 wicket haul against Australia at Adelaide (hope I am correct about the venue) which helped India win the match. Top performer in Ranaji trophy even after he was out of Indian team. But I feel he was just about there, never rose about a level he was expected to. Could have contributed much more. One sour thing - the way he celebrated his maiden test century. I guess it was at Lord's. India were down and out in that match. And the way Ajith celebrated his 100, was as if India have won the match. Certainly it left a bad taste. But nonetheless, a very good hand as long as he played.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    As a Mumbaikar it was really sad news for me to here Agarkar's retirement after Sachin. He was always very soft spoken and under rated player of India. His records will tell all stories. Century at Lords, only indian bowler who bowled consistency 140+ speed, one of the few indian who delivered bouncer in bowling, fastest 50 wickets till bond broke his record, fastest 50 runs by indian, best performance with ball in 1st test victory in Aus after 23 years and many moreā€¦ Truly I will miss u Ajit :(

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Another wasted talent, he had the swing and pace but never gave justice to his talent. Could have been the best all rounder india was looking for could have been in the reigns of Pollock, Kallis, Watson so on...

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | October 16, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    one of my favourite. he underachieved but still played with big heart whenever he played . hope u enjoy ur retirement sir. foreever remember ur lusty blows at the end of odi innings. what a player.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    One of my fav players of all time. His agressive attitude, looking Ponting in the eye, the 2nd innings 6 wicket haul. Watching him bowl with the white ball under lights was a pleasure. Yes, he could have taken his batting more seriously and been a bit more consistent(a similar advice I would give to Broad today) but nonetheless a committed player and a match-winner. Happy to see him signing off on a high with a Ranji Trophy tittle and that too as captain. Well played, brother!

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    his was the most perfect action....will always remember him for his six wickets to defeat the best australian team at home!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    we will miss u Agarkar,best allrounder of india.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Ajit Agarkar, a wicket taking bowler always bowler whom a captain relies on taking wickets. Indian team had very less fast bowling wicket taking bowlers who could manage taking wickets any time ball was given. Ajit is one of rare breed of wicket taking bowler India has produced. I hope he becomes bowling coach for cricket teams.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    All the best Ajit for serving india

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Unfortunate...he was indias best ODI bowler in 2006 n dropped bcz those days everybatsman in Indian team was failing ....never knew why he was dropped made scapegoat for players like sehwag, sachin, dravid, ganguly who were not performing in 2007.....so sad....really sad....look at current bunch of bowlers who played today...he was way better but never given importance....will miss him...feel sorry for him but anyways congratulation to Ajit on a fantastic one day international career.....like Murali Karthik...he never got Gangulys support ..who was hell bent in favour of left armers Zahher, Nehra, RP Singh, Irfan....i think Agarkar was better than all of these ..he bowled best to the best of his times: the mighty Australian batting line up on flat wickets!!!!!!!!! u were awesome...

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    A Good trier. Well done Ajit - you did well for India, there were quite a few magical moments for the fans.

  • POSTED BY kayarr on | October 16, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    To add to "AnyoneButVettel" he also smashed a very fast 50 (I believe 67 vs. Zim)

  • POSTED BY Sir_Ivor on | October 16, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    After reading about his exploits in the India Pakistan 'A'series some years ago in Pakistan,I had thought that here was the next Kapil Dev.He bowled quick till the last time he played for Mumbai and was a good batsman who could attack in a big way.In fact he has the credit for scoring the fastest 50 in ODis for India, till I think Kohli scored one today.He was a brilliant fielder as well.I think he was not encouraged as much as he should have been.That may be why he did not rise to his full potential.I remember as a batsman,he was weak against the incoming yorker and got out many times in Australia in the same manner.I felt the coach could have helped him get over this shortcoming and he could have been very good as a batsman and a bowler which he was in any case. It is no surprise that he scored a 100 at Lords the Mecca of cricket. That may have been a small comfort for the many people who set so much store by Ajit Agarkar. He was a fine bowler and a very good athlete. i wish him well

  • POSTED BY Unmesh_cric on | October 16, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    One of the best ODI bowlers India has produced. Good luck for life after retirement, Ajit! Your contribution to India's ODI successes won't be forgotten. Also, you were the main contributor (along with Dravid) for one of India's best overseas Test wins (in Adelaide, 2003-2004).

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    totally agree with #anyonebutvettel...in addition to what u said i would like to add one more achievement 4. his 6 kt haul against aus at adelaide oval which helped india registering 4 wkt memorable win...

  • POSTED BY pinn on | October 16, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    When Agarkar bowls , it is like Shewag. You'll expect something bad is going in your deep heart but look for something to cheer. If I am not wrong, he is the first indian to get fastest 50 wickets in ODI and also the fastest 50 ?

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 16, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    As a domestic player for Mumbai, certainly a TOP QUALITY player and brilliant all-round cricketer. However, his international career was lopsided and average at best. Wish him well in his retirement. Surely he can coach the Mumbai side from now on ? :)

  • POSTED BY VVSR92 on | October 16, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    one of the quicker bowlers India had,288 wickets is a great acheivement. Good timing of retirement as it allows mumbai to play an extra guy who has realistic chance of representing India. He would be remembered for his match winning bowling spell in adelaide 2004.Hope he still contributes to Indian cricket in a coaching role.Hope to see him as a bowling coach for any of the ipl sides next year.Thank you agarkar for your contributions.One of the rare bowlers who survived in the team for almost a decade.

  • POSTED BY tickcric on | October 16, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Considering both international and domestic cricket, a fine career from a fighting cricketer. I'll never forget that Agarkar, who was fastest to get to 50 wickets in ODIs. He had the captain's (Ganguly) trust in those days. Finally he signed off professional cricket in a beautiful way - captaining his side to a Ranji triumph!...Thank you, and good luck to you, Ajit Agarkar.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 16, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    okay bowler...Definitely NOT greatest or anywhere near it!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 16, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    I cannot imsgine Ajit without Cricket..After Sachin the best known faci in Mumbai Cricket. God bless u for the plessure u have given to your fans. Abeda Ghadially

  • POSTED BY BSWadekar on | October 16, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Greatest ODI Bowler for India

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Pros: Agarkar was an player who had potential to be an all rounder. He had good swing action even with the newer deliveries and can bat well. He holds the record for fastest 50 by an Indian and also contributed to many match winning innings. Cons: Suffered from fitness issues which curtailed his career. He failed to use his experience to best use in several occasions too frequently toward to end of his career. He holds the record of most consecutive ducks in test matches. Also Mumbai Cricket Association's attitude towards senior player made matter worse.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 16, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    one of the best reversr

    one of the best reverse swing bowlers india had

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 16, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    An Allrounder of distinction .A low profile person with tremendous tslent, Mumbsi snd India will miss him moize Mumbai

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Thank you Ajit Agarkar for all the memories... you were india's best ODI bowler fast bowler and best outfielder... but for politics many more ODI records could have been surpassed....thanks again

  • POSTED BY Go_F.Alonso on | October 16, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    3 things Agarkar will be most remembered for 1. Test hundred at Lord's especially by Sachin fans. 2. Fastest Indian to 50 ODI runs and wickets. 3. And sadly for his consecutive ducks. He clearly was better than that.

    Saludos.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 16, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    one of the best indian fast bowler... miss u agarkar..

  • POSTED BY piyush_Daredevils on | October 16, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    All the best to Ajit Agarkar....One of my favorite Cricketer..A true work horse...He was highly talented but could have achieved more than what he did.His potential was never realised. A very safe fielder than his counterparts and a good bowling allrounder .

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | October 16, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Agarkar along with Srinath provided a competitive pace attack early 2000s for India. He was never given a decent run in tests. The duck sequence pretty much finished him as a test player, though he continued with some success in ODIs for a while. I feel he was another player who could have done more justice to his abilities. Good luck post retirement.

  • POSTED BY kreeketer on | October 16, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Ajit...one of the Mumbai old school boys, working hard daily and has served a lot for Mumbai Cricket and also Indian Cricket ....What a Cricketer.... will miss you

  • POSTED BY slimabh on | October 16, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Something Agarkar will always have that Sachin doesn't... A Test Century at Lords.. Great player.. Brilliant nippy bowler.. Go Well!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 16, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    High on talent low on performance but still good server of Indian cricket!!

  • POSTED BY ReverseSweepIndia on | October 16, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    He was ridiculed a lot for being expensive, but I see current generation and reckon that I will want him to bowl instead of likes of Ishants & Vinays. Ajit, though was touch expensive (he used to bowl one bad ball an over, and I see 2-3 from current bowlers), but he also used to bowl wicket taking deliveries more often and always used to get wickets. Also, he was one of the best outfielder India produced.

  • POSTED BY anilkp on | October 16, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    I know it is a norm for many to say good words, and for many others to say bad words, about someone upon retirement or demise. Ajit has been the subject of countless ridicule, perhaps "Sir" Jadeja comes a little close--if at all! Not just by Indians, but also by experts like Andy Zaltzman. However, Ajit was "any day" better than a score of Indian bowlers: Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, RP Singh...As for personal, sporadic brilliance, even the genius of SRT could not emulate Ajit's achievement at the Lord's. And, that Adelaide Test was arguably won by Ajit; and I am not diminishing the contributions by VVS, RSD and others. I still remember the charity match very early in his career where he dazzled against the likes of Jimmy Adams, Mark Greatbach etc. And, taking Mumbai to the title last year...Ajit, you have been a wonderful player, you always thrived to give your best. Best wishes for whatever you do hereafter.

  • POSTED BY Yash_Mumbai_Indian on | October 16, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Value of Agarkar to the Indian team of late 90's and 2000's is evident when you see all the recent matches. Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar etc are being hammered away and continue to leak runs. Agarkar always picked up the wickets and that is shown from how high he ranks in the record books for Indian ODI bowlers. All the best Agarkar. Some great memories. Specially against Australia and Sri Lanka. Great Servant of Mumbai Cricket as well.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    One of my favorite Crickets .Not very talented but a work horse. Was unlucky to play for one of the worst International Fielding Sides Great ODI Bowler and One of Few Indians to have their name on Honor's Board

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | October 16, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    agarkar's most valuable contribution to indian cricket was his 6-for in adelaide. alas, his potential was never realised.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | October 16, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    A cricketer who really underachieved and was unlucky not to get more chances. I get the feeling that even now, Agarkar is about twice as good as Ishant Sharma who has done hardly anything in the 5 yrs since he debuted. Agarkar must have felt sick to see himself out of team when guys like Ishant Sharma get to play regularly.

    A very very useful batsman, his ducks notwithstanding. A very safe fielder with a powerful arm. He was someone who could bat as the pinch hitter too. I still remember hos he won a match for Ind when we were chasing vs SL in Sharjah. This was the match were Azzu got the world record ODI agg in his name going past Desmond Haynes.

    Many ppl would feel that Agarkar could have achieved a lot lot more and had he been given more chances he would have. One more super talented player is gone unfulfilled.

  • POSTED BY IndTheBest on | October 16, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Agarkar was one of my favorite cricketer in early 90s. He was highly talented but could have achieved more than what he did.

  • POSTED BY Arrow011 on | October 16, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Under achiever he was given more than double the opportunities he deserved but still disappointed. His scoring runs were like flash in the pan, he will be forgotten very easily.

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | October 16, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    A player with limited ability at test level but I admired him for his tenacity and bravery against us Aussies. He can hold his head high a she leaves his playing days behind him.

  • POSTED BY narvan on | October 16, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    sad news!!! specially for MUMBAI ranji team. best all rounder played for India.Sometimes feels he not received respect that he deserved

  • POSTED BY cenitin on | October 16, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    He must be a true fan of Sachin and don't want to play once Sachin retired :-) Joke aside he was good Indian allrounder (atleast in ODIs) of the post Kapil dev period.That century at lords..that wicket taking ability..fastest to reach 50 wickets..fastest 50 in ODI for India...gr8 death bowling....alot of variations in bowling ... I think he has underachieved a lot..all the best Ajit agarkar..one of my favourite.

  • POSTED BY Amar_bw on | October 16, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    At times, Agarkar was a great player. I still remember his bowling performance against Australia in Australia when India won a much needed win in a Test match. Though the match is remembered for Ganguly's captaincy it was Agarkars (6/41) bowling that restricted Australia under 200 runs in the 2nd inning.

  • POSTED BY subnys on | October 16, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    This puts Mumbai supporters to one more setback after SRT's retirement from international arena. Agarkar was one of the pillars along with Powar around whom many tailenders flourished. I always admired this man for scoring a century at Lords. Not many people can boast of this achievement.

  • POSTED BY subnys on | October 16, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    This puts Mumbai supporters to one more setback after SRT's retirement from international arena. Agarkar was one of the pillars along with Powar around whom many tailenders flourished. I always admired this man for scoring a century at Lords. Not many people can boast of this achievement.

  • POSTED BY Amar_bw on | October 16, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    At times, Agarkar was a great player. I still remember his bowling performance against Australia in Australia when India won a much needed win in a Test match. Though the match is remembered for Ganguly's captaincy it was Agarkars (6/41) bowling that restricted Australia under 200 runs in the 2nd inning.

  • POSTED BY cenitin on | October 16, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    He must be a true fan of Sachin and don't want to play once Sachin retired :-) Joke aside he was good Indian allrounder (atleast in ODIs) of the post Kapil dev period.That century at lords..that wicket taking ability..fastest to reach 50 wickets..fastest 50 in ODI for India...gr8 death bowling....alot of variations in bowling ... I think he has underachieved a lot..all the best Ajit agarkar..one of my favourite.

  • POSTED BY narvan on | October 16, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    sad news!!! specially for MUMBAI ranji team. best all rounder played for India.Sometimes feels he not received respect that he deserved

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | October 16, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    A player with limited ability at test level but I admired him for his tenacity and bravery against us Aussies. He can hold his head high a she leaves his playing days behind him.

  • POSTED BY Arrow011 on | October 16, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Under achiever he was given more than double the opportunities he deserved but still disappointed. His scoring runs were like flash in the pan, he will be forgotten very easily.

  • POSTED BY IndTheBest on | October 16, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Agarkar was one of my favorite cricketer in early 90s. He was highly talented but could have achieved more than what he did.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | October 16, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    A cricketer who really underachieved and was unlucky not to get more chances. I get the feeling that even now, Agarkar is about twice as good as Ishant Sharma who has done hardly anything in the 5 yrs since he debuted. Agarkar must have felt sick to see himself out of team when guys like Ishant Sharma get to play regularly.

    A very very useful batsman, his ducks notwithstanding. A very safe fielder with a powerful arm. He was someone who could bat as the pinch hitter too. I still remember hos he won a match for Ind when we were chasing vs SL in Sharjah. This was the match were Azzu got the world record ODI agg in his name going past Desmond Haynes.

    Many ppl would feel that Agarkar could have achieved a lot lot more and had he been given more chances he would have. One more super talented player is gone unfulfilled.

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | October 16, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    agarkar's most valuable contribution to indian cricket was his 6-for in adelaide. alas, his potential was never realised.

  • POSTED BY on | October 16, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    One of my favorite Crickets .Not very talented but a work horse. Was unlucky to play for one of the worst International Fielding Sides Great ODI Bowler and One of Few Indians to have their name on Honor's Board