Arun Sharma (Punjab cricketer)

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Arun Sharma
Personal information
Full nameArun Kumar Sharma
Born (1958-04-21) 21 April 1958 (age 61)
Amritsar, Punjab, India
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 73
Runs scored 1,533
Batting average 21.29
100s/50s 1/7
Top score 107
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 167/37
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 14 October 2017

Arun Kumar Sharma (born 21 April 1958) is an Indian former first-class cricketer who played for Punjab. He worked as a cricket coach, selector and administrator after his playing career.


A wicket-keeper, Sharma made his first-class debut at the age of 20 for India Under-22s against the touring West Indies team in November 1978. He played for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy for the first time the following month, starting a 16-season run as the team's first-choice wicket-keeper.[1] He was part of the Punjab team that lifted the 1992–93 Ranji Trophy, effecting seven dismissals in the final against Maharashtra.[2] Sharma appeared in a total of 73 first-class matches and effected over 200 dismissals.[3]

Sharma continued to be associated with the sport after his playing career. He worked as a selector for the India under-19 team.[4] He also worked as the head coach of the Punjab senior side for several years until the appointment of Ajay Ratra in 2017 for that position.[5] In 2017, the Punjab Cricket Association selected Sharma as its joint secretary.[6]


  1. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Arun Sharma". CricketArchive. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  2. ^ Karhadkar, Amol (28 January 2014). "'One of the ends was a green top, the other a dustbowl'". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Arun Sharma". CricketArchive. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  4. ^ Gupta, Shalini (2 February 2015). "With 1,000 runs in 7 matches, 15-yr-old helps Punjab lift U-16 trophy". The Indian Express. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  5. ^ Kanthwal, Gaurav (24 September 2017). "Gupta elected PCA prez". The Tribune India. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  6. ^ Sharma, Nitin (25 September 2017). "Industrialist Rajinder Gupta elected Punjab Cricket Association chief". The Indian Express. Retrieved 15 October 2017.

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