Rahul Sharma (Indian cricketer)

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Rahul Sharma
Personal information
Full name Rahul Sharma
Born (1986-11-30) 30 November 1986 (age 27)
Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Legbreak googly
Role Bowler
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 193) 8 December 2011 v West Indies
Last ODI 5 February 2012 v Australia
T20I debut (cap 41) 1 February 2012 v Australia
Last T20I 3 February 2012 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006–present Punjab
2010 Deccan Chargers
2011–2013 Pune Warriors India
2014–present Delhi Daredevils
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 4 2 21 25
Runs scored 1 534 97
Batting average 1.00 19.07 8.08
100s/50s 0/0 –/– 0/3 0/0
Top score 1 95 31
Balls bowled 206 44 3,514 1206
Wickets 6 3 39 40
Bowling average 29.50 18.66 51.58 22.45
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/43 2/29 6/92 4/28
Catches/stumpings 1/– 0/– 17/– 12/–
Source: Wisden India, 18 December 2012

Rahul Sharma ( Punjabi: ਰਾਹੁਲ ਸ਼ਰਮਾ Hindi: राहुल शर्मा) (born 30 November 1986 in Jalandhar, Punjab) is an Indian cricketer. He is primarily a right-handed legbreak and googly bowler. He has been a member of the Punjab cricket team since 2006. He came into the limelight due to his impressive bowling performances in IPL 2011 for Pune Warriors.

Early career[edit]

Rahul started as a medium pacer but soon turned to leg spin on his coach Devender Arora's insistence (Devender Arora is also Harbhajan Singh's coach).[1] He made his debut in first class cricket on 25 December 2006 for Punjab against Rajasthan, but had to wait till 2009 to play again. In 2009-10 season of the Ranji Trophy, he took 13 wickets in seven first class games. Rahul played only one Ranji match in the 2010-11 season.

Personal life[edit]

Rahul hails from a middle-class family. Rahul's father Pradeep Sharma, is an assistant sub inspector in Punjab Police and his mother Indu sharma is a homemaker. Rahul is a graduate in Commerce from Delhi University and has been auctioned in the IPL for high prices. He currently resides in Jalandhar with his mother, father, sister and a brother.

Indian Premier League[edit]

In 2010, Rahul Sharma made his IPL debut for Deccan Chargers. He took just five wickets and went at 8.08 an over in the six matches he played for Deccan Chargers. In the 2011 IPL, Rahul Sharma made a name for himself with some good bowling performances for Pune Warriors. His figures of 4-0-7-2 against Mumbai Indians were the most economical of 2011 Indian Premier League and the performance created enough of a buzz to see his name trend on Twitter in India.[2][3][4]

IPL Bowling Statistics of Rahul Sharma
Year Team Mat Inns Over Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 4 Wkts 5 Wkts
2010[5] Deccan Chargers 6 6 20.4 0 167 5 2/42 33.40 8.08 24.8 0 0
2011[6] Pune Warriors India 11 11 41.0 1 215 14 3/13 15.35 5.24 17.5 0 0
2008-2011 Total[7] 17 17 61.4 1 382 19 3/13 20.10 6.19 19.4 0 0

ODI career[edit]

On 8 December 2011, Rahul Sharma made his ODI debut for India in the 4th ODI against the West Indies and took three wickets. All three batsmen were bowled. In the same match Virender Sehwag set a new record(219) for the highest score in ODIs.
Rahul Sharma scored his first run in One Day Internationals against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 5 February 2012. He scored 1 run off 2 balls before being bowled by Xavier Doherty.
Rahul Sharma, who tested positive for drugs has been left out from the ODI squad for the first ODI against SriLanka at Hambantota.[8]

Twenty20 International Debut[edit]

On 1 February 2012, Rahul Sharma made his Twenty20 International debut for India in the 1st T20 of the series against Australia at the Stadium Australia/Sydney Olympic Park currently known as ANZ Stadium.He injured his finger while bowling his first over but came back later to continue bowling. His first Twenty20 International wicket was that of David Hussey who was bowled clean.

Twenty20 International Bowling Statistics of Rahul Sharma
Year Team Mat Inns Over Mdns Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 4 Wkts 5 Wkts
2012[9] India 2 2 7.2 0 56 3 2/29 18.66 7.63 14.6 0 0

Bell's Palsy[edit]

Rahul Sharma[10] had suffered from a form of facial paralysis called Bell's Palsy a few days before the beginning of the IPL 2010 series.

References

  1. ^ "Warriors' lone beacon". Hindustantimes.com. 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  2. ^ "John Doe finds his identity". Espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  3. ^ "Rahul Sharma: This IPL’s star bowler battles nerve disorder to spin success story". Indianexpress.com. 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  4. ^ "Rahul Sharma benefits from Harbhajan tips". Espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  5. ^ "Indian Premier League, 2009/10 - Deccan Chargers / Records / Batting and bowling averages". Stats.espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  6. ^ "Indian Premier League, 2011 / Records / Most wickets". Stats.espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  7. ^ "Indian Premier League / Records / Most wickets". Stats.espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  8. ^ "Rahul Sharma left out of Indian team for first ODI against Sri Lanka". 21 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Cricket Records | India | Records | Twenty20 Internationals | Bowling averages (current players) | ESPN Cricinfo". Stats.espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  10. ^ "Rahul Sharma: The man who stared adversity in the eye | Cricket Features | Indian Premier League 2011". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 

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