Rajesh Pawar

Country: India
Born: September 06, 1979, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox
Playing role: Bowler

Rajesh Pawar Bio

Rajesh Vithal Pawar is a former Indian cricketer who was born on November 26, 1979, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Known for his left-arm spin bowling, Pawar was once heralded as the next great hope for Indian cricket in his early career.

Pawar made his first-class debut in 1996 at the tender age of 16, displaying immense talent and potential from the start. He quickly caught the attention of cricket enthusiasts and was considered a prominent figure in Mumbai’s junior cricket circuit. At the age of 18, he had the privilege of leading the Mumbai Under-19 team, displaying his leadership qualities at such a young age.

In 1998, Pawar was selected as part of the Indian U-19 team that participated in the Junior World Cup. This team consisted of future stars like Mohammad Kaif and Harbhajan Singh, showcasing Pawar’s inclusion as a player of great promise. His performances in the tournament only reaffirmed his potential, but it would take some time for him to establish himself in the senior team.

The 1999-2000 domestic season proved to be a breakthrough for Pawar. He showcased his abilities as a spin bowler, grabbing an impressive 44 first-class wickets. His consistent performances caught the attention of national selectors, and he came close to earning a spot in the national team. However, a strong Mumbai line-up, featuring spinners Nilesh Kulkarni, Sairaj Bahutule, and Ramesh Powar, made it difficult for Pawar to hold his place.

Unfortunately, Pawar struggled to maintain his form and secure a regular spot in the Mumbai team in the following three seasons. His wicket tally dropped to 30 during this period, and he faced challenges in finding his footing among the talented Mumbai squad. Determined to revive his career, Pawar sought a fresh start by moving to neighboring Baroda with the help of his club-mate, Zaheer Khan.

Initially, Pawar faced a sluggish start in Baroda, only managing to take three wickets from four games in the 2003-04 season. However, he persevered and worked hard to regain his rhythm. Over the next three seasons, Pawar transformed into a consistent performer, proving his worth as a skilled left-arm spinner.

Throughout his cricketing journey, Pawar showcased his talent and determination, never allowing setbacks to deter him from pursuing his dreams. He exemplified the adage “perseverance pays off” as he rose from a struggling phase in his career to reclaim his place as a valuable asset to the Baroda cricket team.

While Pawar’s international career may not have materialized as anticipated, he remains an influential figure in domestic cricket, leaving behind a legacy as a talented left-arm spinner. His dedication to the game and his ability to bounce back from adversities serve as an inspiration to aspiring cricketers across India.

After retiring from professional cricket, Pawar has been involved in coaching and mentoring young cricketers. He continues to contribute to the development of the sport in India and serves as a role model for aspiring athletes.

Rajesh Pawar Career Stats

Rajesh Pawar Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
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FC 84 114 16 1853 95* 18.9 - - 0 6 - - 34 0
List A 36 19 3 432 89 27 389 111.05 0 3 - - 14 0
T20s 8 4 1 7 3 2.33 14 50 0 0 0 0 1 0

Rajesh Pawar Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 84 - 18557 8451 281 7/87 - 30.07 2.73 66 - 11 2
List A 36 - 1719 1355 39 3/38 3/38 34.74 4.72 44 0 0 0
T20s 8 7 132 179 6 2/21 2/21 29.83 8.13 22 0 0 0

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