Rahul Sharma (cricketer, born 1986)

Rahul Sharma (born 20 July 1987 in New Delhi, Punjab) is an Indian cricketer. He is primarily a right-handed legbreak and googly bowler. He has been a member of the Punjab cricket team since 2006. He came into the limelight due to his impressive bowling performances in IPL 2011 for Pune Warriors.

Rahul Sharma
Personal information
Full nameRahul Sharma
Born (1987-07-20) 20 July 1987 (age 32)
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
BowlingLegbreak googly
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 193)8 December 2011 v West Indies
Last ODI5 February 2012 v Australia
T20I debut (cap 41)1 February 2012 v Australia
Last T20I3 February 2012 v Australia
Domestic team information
2010Deccan Chargers
2011–2013Pune Warriors India
2014Delhi Daredevils
2015Chennai Super Kings
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 4 2 21 25
Runs scored 1 538 97
Batting average 1.00 18.55 8.08
100s/50s 0/0 –/– 0/3 0/0
Top score 1 95 31
Balls bowled 206 44 3,514 1206
Wickets 6 3 39 40
Bowling average 29.50 18.66 51.58 22.45
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/43 2/29 6/92 4/28
Catches/stumpings 1/– 0/– 17/– 12/–
Source: Cricinfo, 18 December 2012

Early careerEdit

Rahul started as a medium pacer but soon turned to leg spin on his coach.[1] He made his debut in first class cricket on 25 December 2006 for Punjab against Rajasthan, but had to wait till 2009 to play again. In 2009–10 season of the Ranji Trophy, he took 13 wickets in seven first class games. Rahul played only one Ranji match in the 2010–11 season.

Indian Premier LeagueEdit

In 2010, Rahul Sharma made his IPL debut for Deccan Chargers. He took just five wickets and went at 8.08 an over in the six matches he played for Deccan Chargers. In the 2011 IPL, Rahul Sharma made a name for himself with some good bowling performances for Pune Warriors. His figures of 4-0-7-2 against Mumbai Indians were the most economical of 2011 Indian Premier League and the performance created enough of a buzz to see his name trend on Twitter in India.[2][3][4] In 2015 rahul sharma was bought by Chennai Super kings in the ipl8 auction.

ODI careerEdit

On 8 December 2011, Rahul Sharma made his ODI debut for India in the 4th ODI against the West Indies and took three wickets. All three batsmen were bowled. In the same match Virender Sehwag set a new record(219) for the highest score in ODIs.
Rahul Sharma scored his first run in One Day Internationals against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 5 February 2012. He scored 1 run off 2 balls before being bowled by Xavier Doherty.

Twenty20 International DebutEdit

On 1 February 2012, Rahul Sharma made his Twenty20 International debut for India in the 1st T20 of the series against Australia at the Stadium Australia/Sydney Olympic Park currently known as ANZ Stadium. He injured his finger while bowling his first over but came back later to continue bowling. His first Twenty20 International wicket was that of David Hussey who was bowled clean.

Bell's PalsyEdit

Rahul Sharma[6] had suffered from a form of facial paralysis called Bell's Palsy a few days before the beginning of the IPL 2010 series.


Rahul Sharma was caught along with Wayne Parnell after he tested positive for consumption of drugs in a rave party.[7] He later said he had no clue about the rave party and had gone there to attend a birthday celebration.[8]


  1. ^ "Warriors' lone beacon". Hindustantimes.com. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  2. ^ "John Doe finds his identity". Espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Rahul Sharma: This IPL's star bowler battles nerve disorder to spin success story". Indianexpress.com. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Rahul Sharma benefits from Harbhajan tips". Espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Rahul Sharma left out of Indian team for first ODI against Sri Lanka". 21 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Rahul Sharma: The man who stared adversity in the eye | Cricket Features | Indian Premier League 2011". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  7. ^ http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/rave-party-rahul-sharma-faces-arrest-after-testing-positive-for-drugs/977498/
  8. ^ https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/51254/had-no-clue-about-the-rave-party-rahul-sharma

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