Sachin Tendulkar has hogged all the cricketing news limelight recently after announcing his retirement, but there is one more Indian cricketer who recently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket- Ajit Agarkar
Agarkar made his international debut for India in 1998 in both forms of cricket. He was labelled as a potential all rounder for the team but according to cricket experts he did not live up to that tag.
Let us have a look at his statistics to unearth the truth.
Agarkar has played 191 ODI’s and 26 test matches for India and scored 1269 runs in ODI’s and 571 runs in tests at an average of around 15 in both forms. He has scored a century in tests that too at Lords which even Sachin Tendulkar has not managed to do. In ODI’s his highest score is 95.
He has taken 58 wickets in tests and 288 in ODI’s. Although test match bowling record has not been great, Agarkar took 6/41 at Adelaide in 2003 which helped India win a test match in Australia after 20 years. But his performance was overshadowed by Dravid’s batting performance.
In ODI’s he has taken 288 wickets which is the third highest by any India bowler after Kumble and Srinath. He is also the third highest wicket taker in the world in ODI’s after 191 matches which is a great achievement.
Agarkar also holds the record of being the second fastest to 50 ODI wickets in 23 matches after Ajanta Mendis.
He also captained the Mumbai Ranji team and was a consistent performer for them.
We cannot deny the effort that Agarkar gave and can say that he was unlucky not to be given a consistent chance to play.
He did all the right things but was always the Unsung performer.
Atleast now he deserves some credit when he has announced his retirement.
MidnightBreakfast would like to congratulate him for a good career and wish him all the best for his future.