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Vikram Solanki

England|Middle order Batter
Vikram Solanki
INTL CAREER: 2000 - 2007
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Full Name

Vikram Singh Solanki

Born

April 01, 1976, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Age

46y 313d

Nicknames

Vik

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role

Middle order Batter

Height

6ft

Education

Regis School, Wolverhampton

One of the most elegant batsmen of his generation, Vikram Solanki never quite achieved the England career many had anticipated. He flirted with the England one-day side in South Africa in 1999-2000, before slipping out of the picture until after the 2003 World Cup. Born in Udaipur, India, but raised in Wolverhampton, Solanki made his debut for Worcestershire as a 16-year-old and instantly caught the eye with his wristy driving and effortless flicks.

Test recognition seemed only a matter of time as he worked his way through the various representative levels and onto two England A tours, but he was a disappointment in his first eight ODIs, with a top score of 24 and a rash of lapses in his usually silken fielding. But he continued to score heavily for Worcestershire, and after the retirement of several senior players in 2003 he was recalled by England at the age of 26. He started gloriously with a sparkling century against South Africa at The Oval, flirted with oblivion while mustering 11 runs in three outings against Bangladesh, but was recalled to the squad for England's Champions Trophy campaign at the end of the 2004 season. He was in and out the side before the selectors finally lost patience in 2007. He also wrote his name in history by being cricket's first super substitute during a one-day international against Australia in 2005.

After a decade at New Road, he was appointed Worcestershire's captain in 2005, remaining at the helm until resigning near the end of the 2010 season. His acumen also led him to be elected as chairman of the Professional Cricketers Association in 2009.

Just as it seemed that he was certain to end his career at New Road, he signed a two-year contract with Surrey in July 2012 at the age of 36. He had scored more than 16,000 first-class runs for Worcestershire and served his county well, but financial pressures contributed to his release. Solanki's attraction to Surrey was obvious. The club had recently lost three of their first-choice batsmen: Tom Maynard, to a tragic accident; the club captain and Maynard's flatmate, Rory Hamilton-Brown, to long-term compassionate leave; and Mark Ramprakash to retirement.

Solanki did not disappoint, batting with class and reliability in Championship cricket, providing experience in a youthful top order. Even at 38, he had lost none of his innate style, and Surrey extended his involvement at the club until the end of 2015. By the time he called it a day, he had more than 18,000 first-class runs to his credit and a whole lot of respect.


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Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
ODI51465109710626.75150472.93251357160
T20I330764325.3361124.590010130
FC325546331835927035.78nullnull3498nullnull3500
List A4023723111045164*32.39nullnull1664nullnull1620
T2082792175210022.751460120.001920933410
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
ODI51711110511/171/17105.005.67111.0000
T20I3------------
FC325null72384230905/40null47.003.5080.4null41
List A402null1122987284/144/1435.255.2740.0100
T2082109614551/61/629.009.0619.2000
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Vikram Solanki and Hardik Pandya thrash out their plans
Vikram Solanki is in his first season as Surrey's head coach
Solanki was named Surrey's new head coach this week
Vikram Solanki is currently on the coaching staff with Surrey
Stuart Meaker took four wickets but conceded 78 runs from 8.3 overs
Vikram Solanki pushes into the off side