Ajit Agarkar has served the Indian team for almost 9 years and won many matches for India. The right-arm fast bowler established himself as an all-rounder in the team with his bowling and batting skills. He is one among those rare bowlers to master the art of reverse swing. Ajit was quite aggressive - be it batting or bowling and he always used to give his 100 percent. He can swing the ball in both the ways as he was more dangerous with the new ball.
Ajith Agarkar is celebrating his 41st birthday today and he was born on December 4 (1977) in Mumbai. On his birthday, EeYuva presents you a few interesting facts about Ajit.
Agarkar played 191 ODI matches and claimed 288 ODI wickets. He made his ODI debut against Australia in 1988. He scored 1269 runs in white ball cricket and the highest score of 95 against West Indies.
Ajit is second in the list of bowlers to claim fastest 50 wickets in ODIs. He achieved the feat playing just 23 matches. The Sri Lankan spinner A Mendis is on the top of the elite list.
Unlike ODIs, Ajit played only 26 Test matches and bagged 58 wickets. He also holds 2 fifers in ODIs and 1 fifer in Tests. Agarkar made his ODI debut in 1998 against Zimbabwe. His best bowling in Tests - 6/41 vs Australia, at Adelaide. The Mumbaikar made 571 runs in the red ball cricket.
The right-hand batsman scored a superb century against England at Lords in 2002 and he remained not out on 109 at the end of the innings. He also holds an amazing record of a scoring fastest half-century for India. The Mumbai player scored a 50 off just 21 balls against Zimbabwe.
He represented for Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils in the IPL. He played 42 matches and scalped 29 wickets in the cash-rich league.
Agarkar is the third highest wicket-taker for India in ODIs; and only A Kumble and J Srinath are ahead of him. (Kumble - 334, Srinath - 315, Agarkar - 288 wickets ).
He also earned an undesired accolade, i.e., King Pair against Australia in 1999 at Melbourne.
King Pair - If a batsman gets out on the first ball in both the innings of a Test match without scoring any runs - then it is termed as a 'King Pair'.
The 41-year-old speedster retired at stumps in 2013.
We, EeYuva wish Ajit Agarkar a wonderful 'Happy Birthday'.