Ajay Sharma

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Ajay Sharma
Personal information
Full name Ajay Kumar Sharma
Born (1964-04-03) 3 April 1964 (age 53)
Delhi, India
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Slow left-arm
Role Batsman
Relations Manan Sharma (son)
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 182) 11 January 1988 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 64) 2 January 1988 v West Indies
Last ODI 16 November 1993 v West Indies
Domestic team information
Years Team
1984–2000 Delhi
2000–2001 Himachal Pradesh
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 1 31 129 113
Runs scored 53 424 10120 2814
Batting average 26.50 20.19 67.46 36.07
100s/50s 0/0 0/3 38/36 2/20
Top score 30 59* 259* 135*
Balls bowled 24 1140 6438 3985
Wickets 0 15 87 108
Bowling average 58.33 31.01 28.37
5 wickets in innings 0 1 2
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/41 5/34 5/30
Catches/stumpings 1/– 6/– 94/– 43/–
Source: CricketArchive, 14 December 2009

Ajay Kumar Sharma About this sound pronunciation  (born 3 April 1964, in Delhi) is a former Indian cricketer.

Sharma was a prolific run-maker in first-class cricket, mainly for Delhi, scoring over 10,000 runs at the high average of 67.46.[1] Given a minimum qualification of 50 innings, only three players (Sir Donald Bradman, Vijay Merchant and George Headley) have bettered this average in first-class cricket.[2]

Domestic career[edit]

In the Ranji Trophy, Sharma scored a record 31 centuries[3] and his batting average of approximately 80 in this competition is second only to Vijay Merchant.[4][5] In the 1996-97 season, he became only the third player to score over 1000 runs in a Ranji Trophy season. He played in six Ranji Trophy finals for Delhi scoring centuries in four of them, but only twice ended up on the winning side (1985–86 and 1991–92). Sharma also regularly represented North Zone in the Duleep Trophy.

International career[edit]

Despite his domestic scoring record, Sharma only played one Test match for India - against the West Indies in January 1988.[6] He played 31 One Day Internationals for India from 1988 to 1993.

In December 1988, he scored back-to-back fifties against New Zealand, but he did not reach those heights again except for a 59 not out (his highest ODI score) against Zimbabwe in March 1993.[7] He finished with 424 runs at a batting average of 20.19. Sharma also took 15 wickets using his left-arm spin with a best of 3/41 against Australia in October 1989.[8]

Life ban[edit]

In 2000, aged 36, his career ended when he received a life ban from cricket after he was implicated in a match-fixing scandal.[9][10]

In September 2014, Sharma was cleared from all charges related to match-fixing by Delhi district court and has asked the BCCI to allow him to take part in the board's activities and those of its associates.[11][12]

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