Full Name

Ajit Bhalchandra Agarkar

Born

December 04, 1977, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra

Age

46y 80d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Fast

Playing Role

Bowler

Slight, fiery and gifted, Ajit Agarkar never came to terms with being seen as a match-winner with bat and ball for India in the Kapil Dev mould. The ingredients were there, and in the right proportions, but they never formed a long-lasting mix.

Agarkar's entry into international cricket - with an avalanche of wickets that made him the fastest to 50 in ODIs at the time - was matched for precocity only by an astonishing batting slump during which he collected seven consecutive Test ducks against Australia. But he could bat, because tailenders do not score half-centuries in 21 balls, as Agarkar did in a one-day game against Zimbabwe, or make Test hundreds at Lord's, as he did in some style in 2002. His best performance - and only Test five-for - came in a famous win for India, a match haul of 8 for 160 in Adelaide in 2003-04.

His aggression was an asset, but his body could not sometimes support it. He turned into a one-day specialist, and was arguably India's most effective ODI bowler in 2005-06, but a disappointing World Cup campaign in 2007 resulted in him being dropped for the Bangladesh series that followed, and though he made it to the ODI squad that toured England in the summer of 2007, that was his last international outing.

He remained a domestic force to be reckoned with, though, as his five-wicket haul in one of the most thrilling Ranji Trophy finals, in Mysore in 2010 attested. He took 5 for 81 as Karnataka, chasing a target of 338, were bowled out for 331 in the post-lunch session of the fourth day's play. Agarkar captained Mumbai in the 2012-13 season, leading them to their 40th Ranji Trophy title, and announced his retirement from all cricket before the start of the following domestic season.

Ajit Agarkar Career Stats

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests264648572745586/418/16047.323.3983.7010
ODIs191188948480212886/426/4227.855.0732.91020
T20Is43638532/102/1028.338.0921.0000
FC110-1813291792996/41-30.693.0360.6-120
List A270-13322109904206/186/1826.164.9431.71130
T20s626011721608473/253/2534.218.2324.9000

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests26395571109*16.79108152.821083360
ODIs1911132612699514.58157480.620310322520
T20Is42015147.5011136.36002000
FC11013923333614528.75--416--370
List A2701734322759517.50--08--690
T20s6235152863914.30228125.4300238100
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India's chief selector Ajit Agarkar keeps a close eye on Washington Sundar
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Captain, coach and chief selection: Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid and Ajit Agarkar have a chat after the game
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Rohit Sharma and Ajit Agarkar at a press conference
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