Ajay Sharma

Role Batsman
Born Apr 3, 1964
Nationality India India
Team History
Himachal Pradesh Cricket team Himachal Pradesh 2000 - 2001
Delhi Cricket Team Delhi 1984 - 2000
India National Cricket Team India 1988 - 1993

Ajay Sharma’s career would be remembered as a disappointing one. The first reason is that he was offered an opportunity to play in just one Test, although he was ranked 3rd in first class average amongst the players who have managed to score more than 10,000 runs. The second reason is that he received a lifetime ban in the match fixing scandal when it was detected that he had associations with bookmakers.

During the 1996-97 Ranji Trophy season, he became just the 3rd batsman to score one thousand runs in a single season. In 1999-2000, he registered his name as the highest runscorer in the Ranji Trophy. Moreover, he clobbered 31 centuries and this was also a record.

Sharma debuted in Test cricket in 1987-88 and scored 30 and 23 in this encounter. Although, he played excellently in the domestic circuit, he was not offered another chance in Test matches. He was regarded as a ODI specialist. Along with right handed batting, he also performed left arm spin bowling and hence was considered as an allrounder.

Career Highlights

Ajay Sharma represented India in 31 ODIs in which he scored 424 runs with an unbeaten 59 as his highest score. His batting average was 20.19 and batting strike rate was 90.40. While fielding, he took 6 catches. In the 1140 deliveries that he bowled, he scored 875 runs and claimed 15 wickets. His economy rate was 4.60, bowling strike rate was 76 and bowling average was 58.33.

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