Ranji Trophy 2012-13

Agarkar to lead Mumbai in Ranji Trophy

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 11, 2012

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Ajit Agarkar, the fast bowler, has been appointed captain of Mumbai for their first four matches of the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy. In February this year, he was, for the first time in his 16-year career, officially named Mumbai captain, for the limited-overs Vijay Hazare Trophy. Agarkar takes over the first-class side from Wasim Jaffer, who stepped down in February.

Agarkar's appointment as captain earlier in the year marked a turnaround in his relations between the Mumbai Cricket Association. In November 2011, Agarkar had left the team in Cuttack as he was disappointed at not being picked in the XI for a Ranji Trophy match against Orissa. He consequently withdrew from the squad for the entire Ranji season but reconciled his differences with the board in a meeting with Milind Rege, then Mumbai's chairman of selectors, Ratnakar Shetty, the then MCA vice-president, and Nitin Dalal, the MCA secretary, in February 2012.

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Posted by akshaysonigara on (October 13, 2012, 3:12 GMT)

guys those who say that aggy is nt a good allrounder then u all r blnd ppl...u cant fgt his fastest fifty which yt d fastest by an indian in ODI....jhis century at lords..his 95 against WI...n in 1998 his 12 ball 26 againnnst srilanka dt ws a winning performance by him....n his bowling is d best no1 in india can bowl bttr yorkers dn aggy n depth ovrs ..consistent wtih his pace .. his economy rate is 5.16 n other indian fast bowlers gt more dn 5.50..he is d best all rounder n i love him a lot ..hope dt new selectn commitee give him anothr chance....:) AGGY ROXXXX

Posted by ashok16 on (October 12, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Seems a bad decision. A third string fast bowler now, he will lock up a spot on the team. Unless he can bat well enough at no. 6, it is a wasted place in the team.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

All d best aggi.... he got better List A and ODI stats than Zaheer

Posted by loke_cricfan on (October 12, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

His ODI record better than Zak, see stats..

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

I am surprised to see fans of Aggi. Overrate bowler and so called all-rounder(By ravi shastri) who never did justice with his bat. His bowling cost us the very important match against SA in 99 WC. Cant forget.. I guess a retirement announcement is on its way and making him a captain is way of mumbai board "thank u" to Aggi.

Posted by Devadatta_Rajadhyaksha on (October 12, 2012, 2:27 GMT)

Hope he bats at 6 and opens the bowling. If he does well, can still fill in the role for Team India Robin Singh used to play in late 1990's. All the best Ajit.

Posted by pandez on (October 11, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

The best part of Ajit Agarkar is either people love him or hate him.. Thats d biggest achievement of the man........there is not many people who say he is a good cricketer..either people love him or hate him..an i love u like anything Ajit............

Posted by   on (October 11, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

So happy for Ajit.... A compliment and a Recognition long deserved. Like Pandez said, the least that the Board can do is to give him a farewell series. A man who truly stood for India and gave 200% on the field all the time. I hope the new bunch of selectors recognize the "not so young" but "ever-fit" Agarkar's contribution to the game for the past 15 years.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

Happy for him should have been given this responsibility much earlier, this has been one talent not handled properly by our cricket board.

Posted by pandez on (October 11, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Duly deserved Ajit Agarkar. A guy who has represented the country so many times needs to get added responsibility. I am so happy for him. I am his greatest fan. Hope the change of selection panel gives him the opportunity to at least give a decent farewell and also completing his 300 odi wickets. All the best Agarkar.

Posted by Ajaythechamp on (October 11, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

A rightful honour to a man who should have been given this duty much earlier rather than at the twilight of his career. Still very happy for you Ajit, and best wishes for the upcoming season.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Very bad decision! I hope they have some clause saying you need to take 20 wickets in those 4 matches.

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