Hrishikesh Kanitkar

Country: India
Born: November 14, 1974, Pune, Maharashtra
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Top order Batter

Hrishikesh Kanitkar Bio

Hrishikesh Hemant Kanitkar, commonly known as Hrishikesh Kanitkar, is an Indian cricketer who will always be remembered for his match-winning boundary off Saqlain Mushtaq in the Independence Cup final of 1998. Born on February 14, 1974, in Pune, Maharashtra, Kanitkar was an exceptional left-hand middle-order batsman, accurate off-spinner, and a brilliant fieldsman.

Although his international career did not boast many notable achievements, Kanitkar’s limited time with the Indian team showcased his undying determination and skill. With only two Test matches and 34 one-day internationals under his belt, he was not able to establish himself as a regular player on the international stage. However, his contributions to the team were memorable, particularly in the Independence Cup final when he played a crucial role in chasing down a 300-plus target against arch-rivals Pakistan in Dhaka.

In the years 1998 and 1999, Kanitkar had the opportunity to represent India in a fair number of ODIs. It was during this period that he scored his only half-century in the format, an impressive knock against Australia in Kochi. While leading the India A team in the West Indies, he was suddenly called up to replace Ajay Jadeja in Australia. Although this was a tremendous opportunity for Kanitkar, he struggled to perform against the talented Australian side, failing to leave a lasting impression. Consequently, he was dropped from the team and never received another opportunity to represent his country.

Despite his limited success on the international stage, Kanitkar remained an influential figure in domestic cricket for well over a decade. He continued to play first-class cricket successfully, representing teams such as Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan. Throughout his domestic career, Kanitkar displayed his exceptional skills and leadership qualities, earning the respect of his teammates and opponents alike.

Hrishikesh Kanitkar’s passion for cricket is unsurprising, considering his family background. He is the son of Hemant Kanitkar, a former Indian cricketer who played two Tests against the West Indies during the 1974-75 series. The love for the game runs deep within the Kanitkar family, and Hrishikesh has undoubtedly carried on their proud legacy.

Beyond his career as an athlete, Kanitkar has consistently shown his dedication to the sport. After retiring from professional cricket, he took up coaching, sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience with aspiring cricketers. He has been involved in coaching various age-group teams and has made significant contributions to the development of young talent in India.

Even though Hrishikesh Kanitkar’s international career did not reach the heights that many anticipated, his unwavering determination, skillful batting, and remarkable fielding made him a fan favorite. His match-winning boundary in the Independence Cup final against Pakistan will always be etched in the minds of cricket fans and serve as a testament to his abilities as a player. Kanitkar’s dedication to the game and his continued contributions to Indian cricket make him an invaluable figure in the history of Indian cricket.

Hrishikesh Kanitkar Career Stats

Hrishikesh Kanitkar Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 2 4 0 74 45 18.5 185 40 0 0 8 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 34 27 8 339 57 17.84 512 66.21 0 1 25 1 14 0
FC 146 222 23 10400 290 52.26 - - 33 46 - - 85 0
List A 128 116 16 3526 133 35.26 - - 6 21 - - 49 0
T20s 2 2 0 3 2 1.5 7 42.85 0 0 0 0 1 0

Hrishikesh Kanitkar Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 2 1 6 2 0 - - - 2 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 34 28 1006 803 17 2/22 2/22 47.23 4.78 59.1 0 0 0
FC 146 - 7753 3546 74 3/21 - 47.91 2.74 104.7 - 0 0
List A 128 - 3476 2775 70 4/35 4/35 39.64 4.78 49.6 1 0 0
T20s 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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