Ajit Agarkar : 10 facts which you should know about Ajit Agarkar
Ajit Agarkar just made a controversial statement stating that the Indian selectors whould now ponder over Dhoni’s place in the lineup. As a result, he started trending on social media. Many claimed him to be a useless cricketer who achieved nothing dering his career and is now questioning Dhoni’s place. Personally, I find them plastic fans of cricket who just knows to outrage. Before talking of Ajit Agarkar, here are some facts one should know about Ajit Agarkar.
1: He started his career as a batsman and then switched to a pace bowler. In junior cricket, he also has a triple century registered in his name.
2: In 1994, he represented Indian Under 17s. He played as an all-rounder and batted at number 5 throughout the entire tournament.
3: He scored a century against Sri Lankan Under 19 team in 1997. Sri Lankan Under 19 team had Kumar Sangakkara and the Indian team had the present legendary commentator Akash Chopra ( Sarcasm intended)
4 : After making his debut in 1998, Agarkar went on to become the fastest bowler to pick 50 wickets, doing it in just 23 matches. Later on Ajantha Mendis broke the record in 2008.
5: He recorded 5 conscutive ducks against Australia in Test cricket in the 1999-00 series in Down Under.
6: Agarkar still holds the record for fastest half century by an Indian in ODIs, breaking the record of Kapil Dev. Later on, Sehwag, Dravid and Yuvraj also scored a half century in the same number of deliveries.
7: He holds the record for fastest Indian to 50, 150, 200 and 250 ODI wickets, with the record of fastest 100 being with Irfan Pathan.
8: Ajit Agarkar has smashed a Test century at Lord, something which the greats like Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman have also not been able to.
9: His spell of 6-42 in the Adelaide Test against Australia in 2003-04 turned the Test match into a result mode, which was clearly moving towards a draw.
10: In the Ranji Trophy final in 2010, it was Agarkar’s 5 wicket which led Mumbai to win the trophy by 6 runs. The match was clearly going towards Karnataka, with Manish Pandey going all guns blazing.
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