Full name Woorkeri Venkat Raman
Born May 23, 1965, Madras (now Chennai)
Current age 51 years 305 days
Major teams India, Tamil Nadu
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Test debut||India v West Indies at Chennai, Jan 11-15, 1988 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v India at Cape Town, Jan 2-6, 1997 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v West Indies at Kolkata, Jan 2, 1988 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v South Africa at Mumbai, Dec 14, 1996 scorecard|
|First-class span||1982/83 - 1998/99|
|List A span||1986/87 - 1998/99|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|35||India Snrs||v Pakistan Snr||Sheikhupura||27 Apr 2006||Other OD|
|10, 0/12||India Snrs||v Pakistan Snr||Sialkot||25 Apr 2006||Other OD|
Standing unusually tall at the crease, with a left-hander's penchant for off-side play, Woorkeri Raman was a batsman who should have ended with more generous returns than 11 Tests and 27 ODIs. He began as a left-arm spinner whose strength was his ability to out-think batsman rather than impart outrageous spin or deliver an indecipherable arm-ball; he picked up a wicket in his first over in Test cricket, albeit that of Courtney Walsh. But Raman proved to be a batsman of considerable skill. He hit a purple patch in 1988-89, scoring 313 for Tamil Nadu against Goa, and for good measure notched up two more double-centuries, ending the season with 1018 runs, surpassing Rusi Modi's 44-year-old record for most runs in a season.
As with many other batsmen of his time Raman was forced to open the innings in order to play for India, and did so with some success. His second-innings 83 on Test debut, batting at No. 3, was overshadowed by Narendra Hirwani's feat of picking up the best bowling figures of 16-136 on debut. Raman's international career never really got going, and when Vinod Kambli was favoured over him during England's tour of India in 1993 the writing was on the wall. Kambli cashed in, Raman's career remained a question of what might have been. The record will show, however, that he scored 96 - his highest Test score - against New Zealand at home in 1990, went to Sri Lanka in 1993 and did not take part in a single first-class game, and became the first Indian to score a hundred against the South Africans, in an ODI at Centurion Park in the Friendship Tour of 1992-93.
Raman, who has equipped himself with the highest qualifications to coach, is now the coach of the Tamil Nadu team and continues to be one of the shrewdest thinkers of the game about.
(Anand Vasu, 2007)
Stats highlights from the fourth day in Ranchi, where Cheteshwar Pujara batted for ages and the Australians toiled like they haven't had to in many years
For the third time this home season, the team took the lead after its opposition put up 400 batting first but the Ranchi effort was special
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
South Africa are set to play 14 Tests in nine months soon, so both fast bowlers, despite being sent home from New Zealand, should not lose hope
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?
Under duress again, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim forged a match-winning partnership and contributed in the second innings to help Bangladesh create history