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

Chetan Sharma
Personal information
Born (1966-01-03) 3 January 1966 (age 53)
Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
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
YearsTeam
1982/83–1992/93Haryana
1993/94–1996/97Bengal
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC LA
Matches 23 65 121 107
Runs scored 396 456 3,714 852
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 2,835 19,937 4,504
Wickets 61 87 433 115
Bowling average 35.45 29.86 26.05 31.42
5 wickets in innings 4 0 24 1
10 wickets in match 1 0 1 0
Best bowling 6/58 4/22 7/72 5/16
Catches/stumpings 7/– 7/– 71/– 20/–
Source: CricketArchive, 30 September 2008

Sharma was coached by Desh Prem Azad, a Dronacharya Award winner, who was also the mentor of Kapil Dev. He stood at 6 ft 4 inches,[1]

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Domestic careerEdit

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

International careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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.

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 CupEdit

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 CupEdit

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 careerEdit

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 started a chain of defeats for Indian cricket team in Sharjah.

After cricketEdit

After his retirement, Chetan became a cricket commentator. He opened a cricket academy in Panchkula in Haryana in 2004 which closed down in 2009. 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.[2] He came 3rd polling 18.2 percent votes.

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