Vikram Solanki

Country: England
Born: April 01, 1976, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Height: 6ft
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Middle order Batter

Vikram Solanki Bio

Vikram Singh Solanki, one of the most elegant batsmen of his generation, is a former cricket player hailing from England. While he may not have achieved the illustrious England career many had anticipated, Solanki’s graceful style of play and impressive achievements on the field cannot be overlooked.

Born in Udaipur, India, Solanki was raised in Wolverhampton before making his debut for Worcestershire at the tender age of 16. It was during this debut that his exceptional talent caught the eye of spectators, showcasing his wristy driving and effortless flicks. With such natural ability, it seemed only a matter of time before he would receive recognition at the international level.

Solanki’s journey towards international recognition was not without its setbacks. Despite making appearances for England’s one-day side during the South Africa tour in 1999-2000, his performance was underwhelming, leading to his exclusion from the national team until after the 2003 World Cup. For his first eight ODIs, he struggled to make an impact, with a top score of only 24 and numerous fielding errors. Nevertheless, he continued to excel for Worcestershire, scoring heavily and impressing selectors at the domestic level.

A turning point in his career came in 2003 when several senior players retired, leading to Solanki’s recall to the England squad at the age of 26. He made an extraordinary comeback, smashing a sparkling century against South Africa at The Oval. However, inconsistency plagued him, and he struggled to make his mark against Bangladesh. Nevertheless, he was selected for England’s Champions Trophy campaign at the end of the 2004 season.

Solanki etched his name into cricketing history during a one-day international against Australia in 2005 by becoming cricket’s first super substitute. This unique achievement added to his already impressive reputation in the cricketing world.

In 2005, after spending a decade at New Road, Solanki was appointed as Worcestershire’s captain and continued leading the team until his resignation near the end of the 2010 season. His leadership acumen was further acknowledged when he was elected as chairman of the Professional Cricketers Association in 2009, a testament to his respected position in the cricketing community.

Following his departure from Worcestershire, Solanki found a new home at Surrey in July 2012, signing a two-year contract at the age of 36. The club’s need for experienced batsmen was apparent after the loss of three key players, and Solanki proved to be a valuable addition to the team. Even in his late 30s, he displayed an innate elegance and batting prowess, providing stability and flair to Surrey’s top order. His involvement with the club was extended until the end of 2015.

By the time he decided to retire, Solanki had amassed over 18,000 first-class runs throughout his career. His contribution to the sport and his consistent displays of skill and class have cemented his place as one of the respected figures in English cricket.

Off the field, Solanki’s remarkable journey is further supplemented by his involvement in charitable causes and his dedication to the game of cricket. With his exceptional talent and contributions to the sport, Vikram Singh Solanki will forever be remembered as an elegant batsman and a true cricketing icon.

Vikram Solanki Career Stats

Vikram Solanki Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 3 3 0 76 43 25.33 61 124.59 0 0 10 1 3 0
ODIs 51 46 5 1097 106 26.75 1504 72.93 2 5 135 7 16 0
FC 325 546 33 18359 270 35.78 - - 34 98 - - 350 0
List A 402 372 31 11045 164* 32.39 - - 16 64 - - 162 0
T20s 82 79 2 1752 100 22.75 1460 120 1 9 209 33 41 0

Vikram Solanki Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 3 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 51 7 111 105 1 1/17 1/17 105 5.67 111 0 0 0
FC 325 - 7238 4230 90 5/40 - 47 3.5 80.4 - 4 1
List A 402 - 1122 987 28 4/14 4/14 35.25 5.27 40 1 0 0
T20s 82 10 96 145 5 1/6 1/6 29 9.06 19.2 0 0 0

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