Lalchand Rajput      

Full name Lalchand Sitaram Rajput

Born December 18, 1961, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra

Current age 52 years 205 days

Major teams India, Scotland, Assam, Mumbai, Vidarbha

Batting style Right-hand bat

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 2 4 0 105 61 26.25 0 1 0 1 0
ODIs 4 4 1 9 8 3.00 31 29.03 0 0 0 0 2 0
First-class 110 183 21 7988 275 49.30 20 46 79 0
List A 61 60 5 1965 115 35.72 3 15 21 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 4 2 42 42 0 - - - 6.00 - 0 0 0
First-class 110 5696 2668 59 5/32 45.22 2.81 96.5 1 0
List A 61 1898 1399 31 3/46 3/46 45.12 4.42 61.2 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (SSC), Aug 30-Sep 4, 1985 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (PSS), Sep 6-11, 1985 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut India v England at Nagpur, Jan 23, 1985 scorecard
Last ODI India v Pakistan at Nagpur, Mar 24, 1987 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1981-1999
List A span 1982-1999
Profile

When Sunil Gavaskar indicated that he would like to bat lower down the order in the mid 1980s, the search was on for suitable opening batsmen. And on the basis of some sterling performances on the domestic circuit, Lalchand Rajput was the choice for the tour of Sri Lanka in 1985. Solid rather than spectacular, Rajput batted well on his Test debut scoring 32 and 61, adding 76 runs for the third wicket with Dilip Vengsarkar in the second innings. But after scores of 0 and 12 in the next Test he was replaced by Ravi Shastri and lost his place for good. After his playing days, he served as the joint honorary secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association and also took up coaching, which included successful stints with the Under-19 team. He was appointed cricket manager before India's successful campaign at the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa and held the position till the tour of Australia in 2007-08. He then took over as the coach of the Mumbai Indians in the inaugural IPL. However, he hit the headlines for the wrong reasons early in the tournament when he was fined 50% of his match fee for not restraining the captain Harbhajan Singh during his infamous altercation with Sreesanth.
Parab Ramchand and Cricinfo Staff (April 2008)

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Feb 8, 2010

Lalchand Rajput, Wasim Jaffer, Karsan Ghavri and Dilip Vengsarkar at an MCA ceremony, Mumbai, February 8, 2010

Lalchand Rajput, Wasim Jaffer, Karsan Ghavri and Dilip Vengsarkar at an MCA ceremony

© Mumbai Cricket Association - CricInfo

Dec 20, 2007

Lalchand Rajput and Greg King await play, Victoria v Indians, tour match, Melbourne, 1st day, December 20, 2007

Lalchand Rajput and Greg King await play

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