New Chief Selector Ajit Agarkar’s International career And Records: The search for the next chief selector of the Indian team finally came to an end on 4 July when former player Ajit Agarkar was appointed to the post. Among the remaining members of the selection committee, Agarkar has the most experience in international cricket. He has played for Team India in all the three formats. Agarkar is counted among the best fast bowlers of Indian cricket. There are some excellent records in his name in batting as well.
Team India’s new chief selector Ajit Agarkar took 288 wickets in 191 ODIs for the Indian team at an average of 27.85 in his career. During this, he has also done the feat of taking 5 wickets in a match twice. Agarkar has also made a significant contribution with his batting. He has scored 1269 runs in ODIs at an average of 14.59, including 3 half-century innings.
Ajit Agarkar has played 26 matches for the Indian team in Test format. During this, where he took 58 wickets with the ball, he also scored 571 runs with the bat. Agarkar also has 1 century in Tests, which he scored during Team India’s tour of Lord’s in 2002. The new Chief Selector has also played 4 T20 Internationals for Team India, in which he has managed to take 3 wickets. Ajit Agarkar was also a member of Team India that won the T20 World Cup under Dhoni’s captaincy in 2007.
Record of fastest half-century in ODIs as an Indian player
Even after the arrival of T20 format, till now the record of scoring the fastest half-century as an Indian player in ODI format is recorded in the name of new chief selector Ajit Agarkar. Agarkar played an unbeaten inning of 67 runs in 25 balls in a match against Zimbabwe in the year 2000. During this, he had completed his half-century in just 21 balls.
Dennis Lillee breaks record for fastest 50 wickets in ODIs
In the ODI format, Ajit Agarkar broke the record of former Australia fast bowler Dennis Lillee to take the fastest 50 wickets. Agarkar completed his 50 ODI wickets in just 23 matches. This record was broken almost a decade later by Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis, who did this feat in 19 matches.
Played an important role in the 2003 Adelaide Test match victory
In the year 2003, the Indian team won a historic victory against Australia by 4 wickets at the ground of Adelaide. In this match, Ajit Agarkar took 6 wickets for 41 runs in the second innings of the Kangaroo team, due to which it was reduced to a score of just 196 and later the Indian team won the match. Apart from this, Ajit Agarkar has 288 wickets in ODIs. He is the third highest wicket taker in this format for India.
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