Ajit Bhalachandra Agarkar was born on 4th December 1977 in Mumbai and made his ODI debut in 1998 against Australia and his Test debut against Zimbabwe the same year. He is the 3rd highest wicket taker for India in ODIs and considered one of the best bowling all-rounders India have produced. He represents Mumbai and Kolkata Knight Riders teams as well.
Starting off with the all important wicket of Adam Gilchrist in his first ODI, Agarkar picked an aggregate of 288 wickets in the 191 ODIs he played, including 10 four-wicket hauls and 2 five-fors. His best figures of 6 for 42 also came against Australia in 2004. His brief Test career of 26 matches saw him taking 58 wickets with best figures of 6 for 41 yet again versus Australia. Seems like Agarkar had a liking for Aussie scalps…! With a brisk run up and a skidding delivery stride, Agarkar made a significant impact on India’s bowling department. His batting came in handy at several crucial matches, adding quick cameos lower down the order to make big differences ultimately. Agarkar scored 1296 ODI runs including 3 fifties, with 95 against West Indies in 2002 being his best. And in Tests he amassed a total of 571 runs with a magnificent 109 not out against England in 2002.Constant worries of injuries and poor form coupled with the tough competition for spots in the national team, saw the end of his career in 2007. Nevertheless, Ajit Agarkar will be remembered as a great all rounder and a strong competitor who represented India in all formats of the game.