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Sadagoppan Ramesh

India|Opening Batter
Sadagoppan Ramesh
INTL CAREER: 1999 - 2001
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Full Name

Sadagoppan Ramesh

Born

October 13, 1975, Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu

Age

48y 254d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role

Opening Batter

Sadagoppan Ramesh made the grade after coming through the ranks. A string of notable performances with the India A team, culminating in a brilliant century against West Indies A pitch forked him into the national senior side. India A coach K Srikkanth strongly advocated his inclusion and the selectors, searching around for batsmen, decided to give the left-hand opener from Tamil Nadu the big break in his hometown of Chennai against Pakistan in 1999. Displaying two qualities that should be uppermost in any opening batsman - courage and big match temperament - Ramesh was an instant success. He played the pace of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akthar and the spin of Saqlain Mushtaq and Mushtaq Ahmed with equal felicity, ran up a series of consistent scores including a couple of hundreds and suddenly India had unearthed a world class opening batsman.

But even as he ran up a Test average of 50 plus in his first half-a-dozen Tests, there were the cynics who pointed out to his faulty footwork and awry technique. Then there were the detractors who said he would never get runs away from the subcontinent and he would come up a cropper against the Australian pace bowlers on the faster and bouncier pitches. Taking up the challenge, Ramesh proved that he could get runs in any conditions and while he did not exactly set the Yarra river on fire, he did enough to prove his detractors wrong. But he struggled to convert good starts into big scores, and after a reasonable series in Sri Lanka in 2001-02, where he passed 30 five times in six innings but made only one fifty, he was discarded.
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Sadagoppan Ramesh Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests19371136714337.97293846.52281590180
ODIs242416468228.08109259.150670130
FC11619012769618743.23--2038--850
List A82815247510532.56--218--240

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests19354430---4.77-000
ODIs243363811/231/2338.006.3336.0000
FC116-46728431/22-94.663.64155.6-00
List A82-127101105/315/3110.104.7712.7010
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Sadagoppan Ramesh hits a sparkling cover-drive
Sadagoppan Ramesh hits a cover-drive
S Ramesh drives through the covers
Sadagoppan Ramesh glides the ball
Sadagoppan Ramesh acknowledges the crowd
The slim sorcerer tastes first blood of the match, getting the prized scalp of Atapattu