|Full name||Vikram Singh Solanki|
1 April 1976 |
Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm off break|
|ODI debut (cap 156)||23 January 2000 v South Africa|
|Last ODI||1 July 2006 v Sri Lanka|
|ODI shirt no.||38|
|Domestic team information|
|1995–2012||Worcestershire (squad no. 3)|
|2013–present||Surrey (squad no. 42)|
|Source: Cricinfo, 11 March 2014|
Vikram Singh Solanki (born 1 April 1976) is an Indian-born English cricketer, who plays county cricket for Surrey having previously spent 17 years at Worcestershire. In 2007, he became the 24th Worcestershire batsman to pass 10,000 career runs for the county. He also captained Worcestershire from 2005 to 2010, before resigning mid-season. He has also played over 50 One Day Internationals for his country as a batsman and occasional off-spinner.
Early life and career
Solanki was born in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, but moved to Wolverhampton with his family at the age of eight. Solanki played junior and senior cricket for Wolverhampton cricket club where he was a childhood prodigy under coach Arthur Pickering he often starred as a wicket keeper, bowler and batsman, Solanki once scored over 100 in a twenty over game by himself. He made his first-class debut for Worcestershire in 1995, although he had played one-day cricket for the county two seasons earlier. In 1996 he was awarded the NBC Denis Compton Award. Indeed, although principally taken on by worcestestershire as a batsman, on his first class debut, due to there being no fit spinners available, he was actually selected to bowl his off breaks, something he had done with a degree of success the previous winter while on tour with England U19. Although generally an occasional bowler, Solanki produced a ten-wicket haul, five wickets in each innings, against Lancashire at Old Trafford in 1996. In 1999 he achieved a batting average of over 40, something he repeated in 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006. 2006 was also the first season since 2000 in which he managed to top 1,000 first-class runs, making 1,252.
After obtaining an LLB from the Open University, Vikram is currently surviving the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law together with Jonathan Collins and Harjit Bhandal.
England A tours
Solanki was picked for two England A tours: to South Africa and Zimbabwe in 1998–99, and to Bangladesh and New Zealand in 1999–2000. His fine performances on these latter tours led to his making his full One Day International debut against the South Africans later that same winter. However, he was unable to translate his A-team feats into runs for the senior England side, and after eight innings yielding just 96 runs, he was dropped and not picked again for more than three years.
One day internationals
Solanki represented England on 51 occasions in one-day cricket, but has not been selected for a Test Match. His natural talent only rarely came through into his performances for his country, and his England batting average was in the mid-20s. He made two international hundreds, 106 off 108 balls against South Africa at The Oval in 2003 (when he shared an opening partnership of 200, an English record, with Marcus Trescothick), and exactly 100 off 93 balls versus Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in 2004/05.
Solanki played in four of the five One Day Internationals when England toured Pakistan in December 2005, his best score of 49 also being the highest in England's innings in the final match, which England went on to win by 6 wickets. However, Solanki was not selected for the team to go on the tour to India, instead being chosen to captain the 'A' team in the West Indies.
On 1 July 2006, Solanki took his first wicket in ODIs at Headingley, removing Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya for 152. It was something of a hollow triumph, however, as Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga (109) had put on 286, a world record for the first wicket in ODIs, and England were crushed as Sri Lanka scored 324/2 to win by eight wickets in just 37.3 overs. Solanki made history against Australia in 2005 when he became the first supersub in a One Day International, replacing Simon Jones to strengthen England's tail after a batting collapse; coming to the crease at no.8 with England 93/6, Solanki made 53 not out. He also took part in the final two matches of England's time in the 2007 Twenty20 World Championship, replacing the injured Matt Prior. Keeping wicket and opening the batting in both of his matches in that tournament, he took two catches in the first, conceded no byes in either match, and scored 24 and 43. Those were his last international appearances.
English county cricket
Solanki was also an occasional bowler of off-spin for Worcestershire, although he has only bowled a handful of overs for England. Worcestershire appointed Solanki as captain of the county for 2005, succeeding the retiring Steve Rhodes. In September 2006 he agreed an extension to his contract which saw him remain at the county until 2009. Following a defeat by Glamorgan on 12 August 2010, he announced his resignation as captain with immediate effect stating that "it was time for somebody else to be at the helm". 
After showing good form in the first half of the 2009 season Solanki was called up to the England Lions squad for their fixture against Australia.
In July 2012, it was announced that Solanki would leave Worcestershire at the expiry of his contract in September, and join Surrey on a two-year contract.
Indian Cricket League
Solanki joined the Indian Cricket League (ICL) in 2007, he made six appearances for the Mumbai Champs in his single season of ICL.
- 22 June 1995: First-class debut for Worcestershire: v Hampshire at the County Ground, Southampton
- 16 May 1997: Maiden first-class century: 128* v Oxford University at The Parks, Oxford
- 23 January 2000: One Day International debut: v South Africa at Bloemfontein, South Africa
- 28 June 2003: Maiden ODI century: 106 v South Africa, The Oval, London
- 1 August 2008: Highest First-Class Innings: 270 v Gloucestershire, Cheltenham
- 24 June 2009: First T20 century: 100 v Glamorgan, New Road, Worcester
- "Most Runs for Worcestershire". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
- Cricinfo match report
- "Profile, Vikram Solanki Website". Worcestershire CCC. Retrieved 2008-05-04.
- Lancashire v Worcestershire, 1996
- "England v South Africa at the Oval, 2003". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2008-07-12.
- "England: Highest Partnership for Each Wicket in ODIs". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2008-07-12.
- "Zimbabwe v England at Bulawayo, 2004/5". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2008-07-12.
- "Sri Lanka: Highest Partnership for Each Wicket in ODIs". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2006-10-02.
- "Supersub Solanki in cricket first". BBC. 7 July 2005. Retrieved 2007-05-02.
- "Solanki agrees new deal at Worcs". BBC Sport. 27 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-30.
- "Surrey switch for Solanki". Retrieved 2012-07-20.
|Worcestershire County Cricket Captain
|Chairman of the Professional Cricketers' Association