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Ajit Agarkar
India (Ind)
Ajit Agarkar
Batting style Right hand bat
Bowling type Right arm fast medium
Tests ODIs
Matches 26 180
Runs scored 571 1240
Batting average 16.79 15.30
100s/50s 1/- -/3
Top score 109* 95
Balls bowled 4857 8902
Wickets 58 272
Bowling average 47.32 27.55
5 wickets in innings 1 2
10 wickets in match - N/A
Best bowling 6/41 6/42
Catches/stumpings 6/- 49/-

Ajit Bhalchandra Agarkar

(born 4 December 1977 in Bombay - now Mumbai) is an Indian cricketer. Early in his career, Agarkar set a world record for the fastest 50 wickets in One-day International matches (ODIs). Batting at number eight, he scored an unbeaten Test century at Lord's in 2002.

He made his debut on April 1st 1998 in Kochi ( the first International one-day game played at the Nehru Stadium there). Though Agarkar was hit for a few runs, he ended up with the crucial wicket of Adam Gilchrist.

Agarkar also holds another world ODI record, which is the quickest in terms of least number of matches taken to take 200 wickets and complete 1000 runs. Agarkar achieved this feet in 133 matches breaking the previous record held by South African Shaun Pollock, who accomplished this feat in his 138th match.

A resident of Narayan Pujari Nagar on Worli Seaface, he was raised by his grandparents at Shivaji Park where many a great cricketer practised and went on to play for India. He is an alumnus of Ruparel College in Matunga, Mumbai.

Agarkar has had a generally poor Test career, with the exception of some performances against Australia in the 1999 series and also the Adelaide Test in 2003. At Adelaide in 2003, Agarkar took 6/41 to set up India's first Test win in Australia in over two decades. However, Agarkar has done decently in ODI cricket, where he takes wickets regularly, although he can be expensive. He can also throw his bat at times, which makes him a potentially useful lower-order batsman. He recently made a comeback to the one day side, and appears more consistent than previously in his career. He was the pick of the bowlers in the one day series during India's tour of West Indies in 2006. He is now a regular member of the Indian one day side.

Agarkar is married to Fatima Ghadially and has a son Raj.

 
 
 
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Ajit Agarkar : A lone All-Rounder
- Bhavya Kumar Vasudevan

The fastest to get to 50 wickets in One Day Internationals, Ajit Agarkar made a speedy start to his International career. The Mumbai paceman is known to skid the bowl through and generate incredible speed off the turf. An ectomorph by physical standards, Agarkar is a type of bowler who can deliver when the conditions are in favour of him. Although he has had his share of  injuries, he has been able to maintain an average of 27 runs per wicket in One Day  Internationals. His average in Test cricket is however on the higher side and will require special attention. His bowling was a revelation in the Test series in Australia that cost the  home team the Adelaide Test match.

Also known with the bat, Agarkar has a Test match century to his name against England at the Mecca of cricket, Lords. However, Agarkar has not done justice to himself by not improving his batting over the years. A victim of 7 ducks in a row against Australia is perhaps the reason for the low confidence he has in his batting. He has won matches for India with the bat in the past and hopefully will carry on doing so for the team's sake.

All in all Agarkar has proved in the past that he is a match winner with the ball and with the bat. Consistency is the name of the game and Agarkar will have to stay fit and give a 100% every time he goes out on the field. His past record is impressive and that's the reason why the selectors have shown faith in him over all these years. It is about time Agarkar shows to the world his true potential.