Ajay Ratra pronunciation  (born 13 December 1981) is a former Indian cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper. He made his ODI debut on Jan 19, 2002 against England.

Ajay Ratra
Personal information
Full name
Ajay Ratra
Born (1981-12-13) 13 December 1981 (age 40)
Faridabad, Haryana, India
NicknameBunty, !Cousin- Sahil Madan
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleWicket-keeper
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 243)19 April 2002 v West Indies
Last Test9 September 2002 v England
ODI debut (cap 140)19 January 2002 v England
Last ODI9 July 2002 v England
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1999–2005Haryana
2007–2011Goa
2011–2013Tripura
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 6 12 99 89
Runs scored 163 90 4,029 1381
Batting average 18.11 12.85 30.29 22.63
100s/50s 1/0 0/0 8/17 1/6
Top score 115* 30 204* 103
Catches/stumpings 11/2 11/5 233/27 78/30
Source: Cricinfo, 23 July 2015

Ratra was selected in 2000 for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.[1] When Ratra made an innings of 115 not out in 2002 against the West Indies, he was the youngest wicketkeeper to make a century in Tests, and first Indian wicketkeeper to make an overseas century. After he was injured in 2002, he was replaced by Parthiv Patel, the youngest ever Test wicketkeeper. Ratra then fell behind Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik and Patel in the pecking order.

Ratra was part of the Indian Under-19 squad which won the Youth World Cup in 2000, and following training sessions with the National Cricket Academy he became one of six wicketkeepers that India would attempt to integrate into the squad in the space of 12 months. He played in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for the Goa.

In July 2015 Ratra announced his retirement from cricket. He played 99 first-class matches in which he scored 4029 runs at an average of 30.29 including eight hundreds and a double-century. He also played in 89 List A games in which scored 1381 runs at 22.63.[2]

Career best performancesEdit

as of 15 October 2010

Batting
Score Fixture Venue Season
Tests 115* India v West Indies St. John's 2002
ODI 30 India v England Cuttack 2002
FC 170* Goa v Jharkhand Dhanbad 2009
LA 103 Goa v Karnataka Chennai (GNC) 2007
T20 13 Goa v Karnataka Hyderabad 2010

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ramchand, Partab (15 April 2000). "First list of NCA trainees". Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 February 2007.
  2. ^ "Ajay Ratra calls time on 16-year career". ESPNcricinfo. 1 July 2015. Archived from the original on 4 July 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.