Chetan Sharma

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Chetan Sharma
Personal information
Born (1966-01-03) 3 January 1966 (age 52)
Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
BowlingRight arm fast
RoleAll rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 167)17 October 1984 v Pakistan
Last Test3 May 1989 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 45)7 December 1983 v West Indies
Last ODI11 November 1994 v West Indies
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC List A
Matches 23 65 121 107
Runs scored 396 456 3714 852
Batting average 22.00 24.00 35.03 24.34
100s/50s 0/1 1/0 3/21 1/2
Top score 54 101* 114* 101*
Balls bowled 3470 2835 19937 4504
Wickets 61 67 433 115
Bowling average 35.45 34.86 26.05 31.42
5 wickets in innings 4 0 24 1
10 wickets in match 1 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 6/58 3/22 7/72 5/16
Catches/stumpings 7/– 7/– 71/– 20/–
Source: CricketArchive, 30 September 2008

Chetan Sharma About this soundpronunciation  (born 3 January 1966) is a former Indian cricketer, who played Tests and ODIs as a fast bowler for Indian cricket team.

Sharma was coached by Desh Prem Azad, a Dronacharya Award winner, who was also the mentor of Kapil Dev. Being 6 ft 3 inches , Sharma was the fastest bowler for India during the 1980s, clocking speeds above 150 Km/hour constantly. The fastest ball he ever bowled is clocked at a speed of 154 km/h (96 mph).

Domestic career[edit]

He made his first class debut for Haryana at the age of 16 and appeared in One Day Internationals a year later.

International career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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, he played a match-winning innings of

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 ten wicket haul by an Indian in England. 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[edit]

In the Reliance World Cup in 1987, Sharma took the first hat-trick in the history of tournament when he clean bowled Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield of New Zealand off consecutive balls.

Post World Cup[edit]

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.

Late career[edit]

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 exasperates many Indian cricket fans to this day.

After cricket[edit]

After his retirement, Chetan became a cricket commentator. He opened a cricket academy in Panchkula in Haryana in 2004 which closed down in 2009 as students were apparently not impressed by the quality of training. Chetan is the nephew of the former Indian cricketer Yashpal Sharma.

Chetan contested the Lok Sabha (2009) polls from Faridabad on a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket[1]. He came 3rd polling 18.2 percent votes.

International centuries[edit]

One Day International centuries[edit]

Test centuries of Chetan Sharma
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
[1] 101* 2  England India Kanpur, India Green Park Stadium 25 October 1989 Won

International record[edit]

Test 5 Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/118 7  Sri Lanka P Sara Oval Colombo Sri Lanka 1985
2 5/64 11  England Lord's London England 1986
3 6/58 12  England Edgbaston Cricket Ground Birmingham England 1986
4 5/55 17  West Indies Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi India 1987

Test 10 Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 10/188 12  England Edgbaston Cricket Ground Birmingham England 1986

International awards[edit]

One Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

No. Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 New Zealand North Tasmania Cricket Association Ground, Launceston 2 February 1986 38* (37 balls: 3x4, 1x6); 9–1–35–1  India won by 22 runs.[2]
2 New Zealand Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur 31 October 1987 0–2–51–3 ; DNB  India won by 9 wickets.[3]
3 England Green Park Stadium, Kanpur 25 October 1989 10–0–78–2 ; 101* (96 balls: 8x4, 1x6)  India won by 6 wickets.[4]


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  2. ^ "1985–1986 Benson & Hedges World Series Cup – 15th Match – India v New Zealand – Launceston".
  3. ^ "1987–1988 Reliance World Cup – 24th Match – India v New Zealand – Nagpur".
  4. ^ "1989–1990 MRF World Series (Nehru) Cup – 9th Match – India v England – Kanpur".