Unforgettable Moments of Ajit Agarkar as an Indian Cricketer

Ajit Agarkar

In recent reports, it has been revealed that former Mumbai cricketer Ajit Agarkar is set to take on the role of the new chief selector of the Indian cricket team. According to journalist Abhishek Tripathi of Jagran News, Agarkar is the leading candidate to join the Board of Control for Cricket in India‘s (BCCI) selection committee in the near future.

With a distinguished international career representing India in 221 games across formats, Agarkar brings a wealth of experience to the role. He was known for his right-arm medium-fast bowling and also made valuable contributions with the bat on several occasions.

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Before Agarkar officially assumes his position as the new chief selector, let’s revisit the top five moments of his international career that left an indelible mark on Indian cricket.

1. Ajit Agarkar’s Unforgettable Century at Lord’s
One of the most memorable moments of Agarkar’s international career was his century against England at Lord’s. During India’s 2002 Test series in England, the first match took place at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground. Facing an improbable target of 576 runs in the fourth innings, India found themselves at a precarious 170/6. However, Agarkar played a sensational knock of 109 runs from 190 balls, including 16 boundaries. Although India didn’t win the match, Agarkar’s century left a lasting impression on fans and remains his highest individual score in international cricket.

2. Breaking Dennis Lillee’s Record
In 1998, Agarkar achieved a significant milestone by surpassing former Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee’s record as the fastest to 50 ODI wickets. Agarkar accomplished this feat in his 23rd match, breaking Lillee’s record of achieving the same in 24 matches. Agarkar held this record for almost a decade until Ajantha Mendis from Sri Lanka surpassed it in 2009 by achieving 50 ODI wickets in just 19 matches.

3. The Fastest Half-Century by an Indian in ODIs
Despite being primarily recognized as a bowling all-rounder, Agarkar showcased his batting prowess in an ODI against Zimbabwe in 2000. Batting at number eight, Agarkar hammered an unbeaten 67 off just 25 balls, completing his half-century in a mere 21 deliveries. This remarkable innings remains the fastest ODI fifty by an Indian to date. His aggressive batting propelled India to a total of 301/6 and secured a commanding 39-run victory.

4. Victorious Campaign in the 2007 T20 World Cup
Agarkar played a limited number of T20Is in his career but was part of the Indian squad that emerged victorious in the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007. Under the leadership of MS Dhoni, Agarkar contributed with a wicket in two matches. Unfortunately, he was subsequently dropped from the playing XI following a defeat against New Zealand in the Super 8 stage and did not feature in any further T20Is.

5. Sensational Spell in Adelaide and Best ODI Figures
Agarkar’s finest Test spell came against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in 2003, where he claimed remarkable figures of 6/41. His exceptional performance played a crucial role in bowling Australia out for just 196 runs in the second innings, leading India to a memorable four-wicket victory. Notably, Agarkar’s best ODI figures of 6/42 were also achieved against Australia in 2004, although