Ajit Agarkar

Country: India
Born: December 04, 1977, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast
Playing role: Bowler

Ajit Agarkar Bio

Ajit Bhalchandra Agarkar, born on December 4, 1977, in Mumbai, India, is a former Indian cricketer who made his mark as an aggressive all-rounder in both Test and One-Day International (ODI) formats. Known for his fiery pace bowling and ability to score quick runs down the order, Agarkar had a roller-coaster career filled with highs and lows.

Agarkar burst onto the international scene in 1998 with an exceptional start. In just his third ODI appearance against Australia in Kochi, he became the fastest player to reach 50 wickets in ODIs, achieving the feat in just 23 matches. His ability to swing the ball and maintain a good line and length troubled batsmen early in their innings. Many believed that Agarkar was the next Kapil Dev, capable of turning games single-handedly.

However, along with his early success came an unexpected slump in his batting form. He famously endured a streak of seven consecutive ducks against Australia in Test matches, which dented his reputation as a match-winner with the bat. Despite this setback, Agarkar proved his worth as a batsman on multiple occasions. In a memorable one-day match against Zimbabwe, he smashed a crucial half-century off just 21 balls, showcasing his immense talent with the bat.

While Agarkar’s performances in Tests were inconsistent, he often showed glimpses of his true potential. One of his most memorable moments came during India’s tour of England in 2002 when he scored a gutsy century at the prestigious Lord’s Cricket Ground. His stylish and aggressive batting against a formidable English attack left a lasting impression on both experts and fans alike.

As his career progressed, Agarkar’s persistent fitness problems led him to focus more on limited-overs cricket. Reduced to a shorter format specialist, he became one of India’s most effective ODI bowlers during the 2005-2006 season. However, his disappointing performance in the 2007 World Cup led to his exclusion from the national squad.

Despite his international career coming to an end, Agarkar continued to dominate the domestic circuit. Leading the Mumbai team, he displayed exceptional leadership skills, guiding them to victories in both the Ranji Trophy and the coveted Irani Cup. In the Ranji Trophy final of 2010 against Karnataka, Agarkar’s five-wicket haul played a pivotal role in Mumbai’s victory. His retirement from cricket prior to the following domestic season marked the end of an illustrious cricketing career.

Throughout his career, Agarkar demonstrated immense skill and passion for the game. Whether it was his precise swing bowling or his powerful batting, he always played with an aggressive and never-say-die attitude. Though he faced his fair share of challenges and endured periods of inconsistency, Agarkar’s contributions to Indian cricket will forever be remembered. His remarkable achievements have left an indelible mark on the sport, and he remains a revered figure among cricket enthusiasts.

Ajit Agarkar Career Stats

Ajit Agarkar Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 26 39 5 571 109* 16.79 1081 52.82 1 0 83 3 6 0
T20Is 4 2 0 15 14 7.5 11 136.36 0 0 2 0 0 0
ODIs 191 113 26 1269 95 14.58 1574 80.62 0 3 103 22 52 0
FC 110 139 23 3336 145 28.75 - - 4 16 - - 37 0
List A 270 173 43 2275 95 17.5 - - 0 8 - - 69 0
T20s 62 35 15 286 39 14.3 228 125.43 0 0 23 8 10 0

Ajit Agarkar Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 26 46 4857 2745 58 6/41 8/160 47.32 3.39 83.7 0 1 0
T20Is 4 3 63 85 3 2/10 2/10 28.33 8.09 21 0 0 0
ODIs 191 188 9484 8021 288 6/42 6/42 27.85 5.07 32.9 10 2 0
FC 110 - 18132 9179 299 6/41 - 30.69 3.03 60.6 - 12 0
List A 270 - 13322 10990 420 6/18 6/18 26.16 4.94 31.7 11 3 0
T20s 62 60 1172 1608 47 3/25 3/25 34.21 8.23 24.9 0 0 0

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