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Ajit Agarkar
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Ajit Agarkar

India|bowler
Ajit Agarkar

INTL CAREER: 1998 - 2007

Full Name

Ajit Bhalchandra Agarkar

Born

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

Age

43y 137d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast

Playing Role

Bowler

TEAMS

Slight, fiery and gifted, Ajit Agarkar never came to terms with being Kapil Dev's replacement as India's matchwinner with bat and ball. The ingredients were there, and in the right proportions, but never formed a heady and long-lasting mix. Agarkar's entry into international cricket - with an avalanche of wickets that made him the then fastest to 50 in ODIs - was matched for speed only by an astonishing batting slump during which he collected seven consecutive Test ducks against Australia. But he could bat, because tailenders simply do not score half-centuries in 21 balls, as Agarkar did in a one-day game against Zimbabwe, or score Test centuries at Lord's, as Agarkar did in some style in 2002. His aggression was an asset, but his body could not sometimes support it. He turned into a one-day specialist - arguably India's most effective ODI bowler in 2005-06 - but a disappointing World Cup campaign resulted in him being dropped for the Bangladesh series that followed.

Agarkar was part of the ODI squad that toured England in the summer of 2007, but his prospects of adding to his 191 ODI appearances faded after he was dropped following the series defeat. Agarkar 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 January 2010 attested to. Agarkar claimed 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. He captained Mumbai in the 2012-13 season, leading them to their 40th Ranji Trophy title. Just prior to the following season, Agarkar announced his retirement from all cricket.
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Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test264648572745586/418/16047.323.3983.70010
ODI191188948480212886/426/4227.855.0732.901020
T20I43638532/102/1028.338.0921.00000
FC1101813291792996/4130.693.0360.60120
List A27013322109904206/186/1826.164.9431.701130
T20626011721608473/253/2534.218.2324.90000
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test26395571109*16.79108152.821083360
ODI1911132612699514.58157480.620310322520
T20I42015147.5011136.36002000
FC11013923333614528.75416370
List A2701734322759517.5008690
T206235152863914.30228125.4300238100
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Photos


Ajit Agarkar arrives at the late Ramakant Achrekar's house at Shivaji Park
Isa Guha, Raunak Kapoor, Michael Holding, Ajit Agarkar and Jonathan Trott at the Match Point studio
Ajit Agarkar shares a light moment with Martin Crowe
Ajit Agarkar dropped MS Dhoni
Mumbai celebrate after sealing their 40th Ranji triumph
Mumbai captain Ajit Agarkar receives the Ranji Trophy