On this day in 2002, Ajit Agarkar scored a century at Lords against England

On 29th July 2020, former Indian fast bowler, Ajit Agarkar displayed his batting strength as he scored a century against England at Lords and got his name registered at Lords honours Board.

Agarkar played a brilliant knock of 109 runs from 190 balls on the final day of the first test match against England as India had to chase a mammoth target of 568 runs to win that test match.

He smashed 19 boundaries with a strike rate of 57.36. None of the Indian batsmen was able to score a century barring Agarkar.

His century cannot save India as the visitors lost the first test match by 170 runs. Taking about the match, hosts England batted first and posted 487 runs in the first innings.

When Indian team came out to bat in their first innings, they faced a huge batting debacle as apart from Sehwag who scored 84 runs there was no major contribution from other batsmen, resulting India getting all out for 221.

When England came out to bat in the second innings, they already had a lead of 266 runs and from there on, the hosts England marched on and did not give India a chance to make a comeback in the match.

Agarkar was one of the best fast bowlers, who played 26 Test matches, 191 ODIs and 4 T20s for India. By the latter half of his cricketing career, he scored some runs for the country as he managed to score 1,855 runs and took 349 wickets across all forms of the game.

In his ODI career, he has clinched wickets at a bowling average of 27.85. He had also been the chairman of the Mumbai Selection Committee in the past.