|Born||3 January 1966|
Ludhiana, Punjab, India
|Height||162 cm (5 ft 4 in)|
|Test debut (cap 167)||17 October 1984 v Pakistan|
|Last Test||3 May 1989 v West Indies|
|ODI debut (cap 45)||7 December 1983 v West Indies|
|Last ODI||11 November 1994 v West Indies|
|Domestic team information|
|1982/83–1992/93||Haryana (squad no. Sussex)|
Source: Cricinfo, 24 December 2020
Chetan Sharma pronunciation (help·info) (born 3 January 1966) is a former Indian cricketer and politician who played Tests and ODIs as a fast bowler for Indian cricket team. On 24 December 2020, he was elected as Chairman of the selection committee of Indian cricket team.
Making his first appearance in Tests against Pakistan at Lahore in 1984, he bowled Mohsin Khan with his fifth ball – becoming the third Indian to take a wicket in his first over in Test cricket. He took fourteen wickets in the three Tests in Sri Lanka in 1985. Later that season in Australia, with India needing a win in the last match of the league to qualify for the final of the World Series Cup.
Sharma was an important member of the Indian team that defeated England 2–0 in 1986. He took sixteen wickets in the two Tests that he played. He took 10 wickets at Birmingham, including a career best 6 for 58 in the second innings. It remains the only 10 wicket haul by an Indian in England. He also is one of the few Indian pacers, like his mentor Kapil Dev, to take a 5 wicket haul in his 32 over spell to end with 5-64 and also have his name permanently etched in the Hall of Fame board at the Lords Cricket Ground. Though only twenty at this time, he picked up frequent injuries which restricted his career. When available, he was the first choice as the opening bowler with Kapil Dev for the next three years.
For his ability to get useful runs down the order that too at quick rate, Chetan was seen as a natural successor to Kapil Dev in the all-rounder category. By the early nineties, his bowling dropped in pace and its sharpness and his strike rate had dropped considerably.
1987 World Cup
Post World Cup
He played the most noted innings of his career against England in the Nehru Cup in 1989. Sent in at No.3 with India facing a target of 256, he scored a 101* in 96 balls, completing his hundred with the match-winning run. He made another important contribution in India's win against Australia in the next match, sharing an unfinished partnership of 40 runs with Manoj Prabhakar and ending the match with a six. But his bowling had waned considerably and he was excluded from the tour of Pakistan a few weeks later.
Sharma received few opportunities thereafter. In one of his last international appearances, against New Zealand in a three nations tournament in 1994 he ended up with figures of 1–0–23–0 after being hit for five fours off consecutive balls by Stephen Fleming. He moved from Haryana to Bengal in 1993 and stayed there till the end of his career in 1996.
Sharma is also infamously remembered for bowling the last over in the final of the Austral-Asia cup in Sharjah in 1986. With Pakistan needing four runs off the last ball to win, he bowled a low full toss outside the leg stump, which was hit for six by Javed Miandad. That defeat started a chain of defeats for Indian cricket team in Sharjah.
After his retirement, Chetan became a cricket commentator. He opened a Fast bowling cricket academy in Panchkula in Haryana in 2004 which closed down in 2009. Chetan is the nephew of the former Indian cricketer Yashpal Sharma.
In December 2020, he was elected as Chairman of the selection committee of Indian cricket team.
- "BCCI appoints Chetan Sharma as chairman of selection committee". ANI News. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
- "Javed Miandad, Chetan Sharma and the 'Unforgettable' Sharjah Six". www.news18.com. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
- "Chetan Sharma named BCCI's new Chairman of selectors; Kuruvilla and Debashish Mohanty also included". Hindustan Times. 24 December 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2021.