Full Name

Ajay Kumar Sharma

Born

April 03, 1964, Delhi

Age

57y 117d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Slow left arm orthodox

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TEAMS

Ajay Sharma's career will be seen as one of disappointment. Firstly, that a man whose first-class average was the third-highest of any player to have scored 10,000 runs only played one Test; secondly, that his career ended when he was implicated in the match-fixing scandal which rocked world cricket, receiving a life ban.

His Test debut in 1987-88 was Hirwani's match, although his 30 and 23 gave every indication that he was a batsman to watch. But despite outstanding performances on the domestic circuit, another chance never came. He played 31 ODIs - for some reason becoming pigeonholed as a one-day specialist - with his left-arm spin earmarking him as an allrounder.

His last ODI was in 1993-94, when he was still not 30, but he continued to murder bowlers for Delhi. In 1999-2000 he became the Ranji Trophy's highest runscorer, and his 31 hundreds was also a record. In 1996-97 he had become only the third batsman to score 1000 runs in a Ranji Trophy season.

But in 2000, aged 36, he was banned for life after being found guilty of having associations with bookmakers. It was the final blow from an establishment that Sharma had always seemed to be at odds with. Martin Williamson

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test120533026.5016931.36008010
ODI3127642459*20.1946990.400360
FC1291661610120259*67.463836940
List A11397192814135*36.07220430
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test112490---2.25-000
ODI31291140875153/413/4158.334.6076.00000
FC12964382698875/3431.012.5174.0010
List A113398530641085/305/3028.374.6136.80220
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1984/85 - 2000/01
List A Matches
Span
1985/86 - 1999/00

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Ajay Sharma, Portrait
Ajay Sharma portrait