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Raghvendrarao Vijay Bharadwaj (About this soundpronunciation ; Kannada: ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರರಾವ್ ವಿಜಯ್ ಭಾರದ್ವಾಜ್; born 15 August 1975) is a former Indian cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and right-arm offbreak bowler. He won the Man of the Series[1] award on his debut one day international series against South Africa in the LG Cup in Kenya in the 1999–2000 season.

Vijay Bharadwaj
ವಿಜಯ್ ಭಾರದ್ವಾಜ್
Vijay Bharadwaj 2011.jpg
Personal information
Full nameRaghvendrarao Vijay Bharadwaj
Born15 August 1975 (1975-08-15) (age 43)
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm offbreak
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 3 10
Runs scored 28 136
Batting average 9.33 27.19
100s/50s -/- -/-
Top score 22 41*
Balls bowled 247 372
Wickets 1 16
Bowling average 17.00 19.18
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - n/a
Best bowling 1/26 3/34
Catches/stumpings 3/- 4/-
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 4 February 2006

He was a key architect of Karnataka's three Ranji Trophy triumphs in the 1990s.[2]

He was the chairman of selection committee for under-19 Karnataka team as well. He was also the fielding coach of Oman for 2016 ICC World Twenty20.


Domestic careerEdit

Bharadwaj made his Ranji Trophy debut for Karnataka in 1994. In his first-class career spanning from 1994 to 2006, he played in 96 matches, scoring 5553 runs and grabbing 59 wickets. A slipped-disc problem that afflicted his lower back during India's tour of Australia in 2000 under Sachin Tendulkar's captaincy, undid Bharadwaj's career. Though he recovered from the injury, he not able to replicate his form from the 1998–99 domestic season when he scored 1463 runs and grabbed 21 crucial wickets to help Karnataka defeat Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji final, close on the heels of its earlier titles in the 97-98 and 95-96 seasons. Bharadwaj last played for Karnataka in the 2004–05 season. He also played for Jharkhand in 2005 for the Ranji Trophy Plate League, after being overlooked by the selectors of the Karnataka team.

His domestic career was cut short by eye operation that went wrong.[3]

International careerEdit

Bharadwaj was first called up to the Indian national team in the 1999–2000 season after an impressive season in Indian domestic cricket in which he scored more than 1000 runs. He made his ODI debut in the LG Cup in Nairobi and initially impressed with his bowling in particular. Where he got 10 wickets at an impressive average of 12.20 and also scoring 89 crucial unbeaten runs lower down the order, all through the tournament. He was a part of the Karnataka's three Ranji Trophy triumphs in the 90's captained Karnataka from 2000 to 2002 was one of the seven players to represent the Indian team during the 90's.

He continued to produce strong performances in domestic cricket which caught the selector's eyes and allowed him to stay within contention, but other than a 2003 tour with the India A team against England he did not get further opportunities at international level. He played his last ODI in 2002 against Zimbabwe at Guwahati.

Coaching careerEdit

Bharadwaj retired from all forms of cricket on 4 November 2006. He took up coaching after retirement and is a qualified level three coach certified from National Cricket Academy, Bangalore. He was a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad in the first three seasons of the Indian Premier League as an assistant coach. Bharadwaj appeared on a Kannada television channel as part of a Cricket panel as an analyst.[2] He is the current fielding coach of the Oman cricket team along with his teammate Sunil Joshi who is spin bowling coach.[4]

Bharadwaj was a part of the Karnataka first class team as a coach and also was the assistant coach for RCB for three years. He was a managing committee member of KSCA for one term when cricketers looked after administration. He has been on panel discussion on tv9 and news9 for 10 years.

International awardsEdit

One Day International CricketEdit

Man of the Match awardsEdit

No. Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Kenya Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi 11 June 2004 41* (30 balls: 3x4, 1x6); 7-0-38-3, 1 ct.   India won by 58 runs.[5]


  1. ^ "South Africa defeat India in LG Cup final". ESPNcricinfo. (Vijay Bharadwaj ODI success). Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Vijay Bharadwaj Ranji Success". Retrieved 6 November 2006.
  3. ^ "Two coaches, different routes, same destination". Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  4. ^ Duleep describes India tour as ‘good learning experience’ for Oman team
  5. ^ "1999-2000 LG Cup - 4th Match - Kenya v India - Nairobi".

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