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Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2008 at 2:11 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Paul Chandrashekar Valthaty


Born December 7, 1983, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra


Major teams Air India, Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai, Rajasthan Royals


Playing role Batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium



Paul Chandrashekar Valthaty

Paul Chandrashekar Valthaty ; born December 7, 1983, Mumbai) is an Indian cricketer who currently plays for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. He hails from the town of Nandyal, Andhra Pradesh from a Telugu Christian family. An opening batsman who occasionally bowls medium-pace, Paul Valthaty shot into the limelight with a blistering century for Kings XI Punjab in the 2011 IPL season.


Valthaty was born in a Telugu Christian family, Valthaty hails from Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh but was born and brought up in Bombay (now Mumbai) where his father was working. They belong to Nandyal Town in the Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. Valthaty's father Chandrashekar belongs to Panyam Mandalam, Gorukal Village and his mother Dr.Chandravathy is professionally a Doctor and her native place is S.P.G.Compound, Nandyala. His father's name is Valthaty Edward Chandrashekar who worked as VP for CGPP division of Larsen & Toubro in Mumbai and recently retired. He was a student at [[Don Bosco High School](Borivali).

Valthaty was trained in Dilip Vengsarkar academy in Mumbai. He was then recommended by Vengsarkar to Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) president Mr. Chamundeswarnath.Valthaty had a nondescript career till then, since making his way up the levels of age group cricket in Mumbai during the late 1990s. He made India's Under-19 squad to the 2002 World Cup in New Zealand with the likes of Irfan Pathan and Parthiv Patel where an injury to his eye in the game against Bangladesh halted his development. He couldn't make the breakthrough into senior cricket for years, and got just one opportunity for Mumbai, a one-dayer in 2006. There was no high-profile cricket for him for another few years, till Rajasthan Royals punted on him in the 2009 season, where he played a couple of matches. That earned him a place in Mumbai's Twenty20 side, and he turned in a few powerful performances for them, which led to a contract with Kings XI Punjab in 2011.



Paul Valthaty was picked by Kings XI Punjab as a backup to expensive international buys at a player auction in January. He is the opening batsmen for Kings XI Punjab, had an outstanding game in the 2011 Indian Premier League against the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings. Valthaty raced to 120 not out in 63 balls as the Kings XI Punjab chased down the mammoth 189-run target with six wickets and five balls to spare at Mohali. It was the first hundred of IPL 2011 and 13th overall and this century is his first fastest century. It was also the 3rd highest IPL score ever, after only Brendon McCullum's 158* and Murali Vijay's 127. In his next game Paul scored a fabulous 75 of 47 deliveries hitting 5 sixes and 8 fours after achieving the best bowling figures for any Kings XI Punjab bowler with 4 for 29. His all round performance resulted in a big win for his team.He played a pacey innings in his next match scoring 46 off just 31 deliveries with three classic sixes. With his initial blitzkrieg, the team crossed the fifty in just three overs, a record in IPL history.



Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2008 at 2:09 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Rahul Sharma


Born November 30, 1986, Jalandhar


Major teams Deccan Chargers, Pune Warriors, Punjab


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Legbreak googly

Rahul Sharma

A tall legspinner capable of extracting extra bounce from pitches, Rahul Sharma made a name for himself with impressive performances for Pune Warriors in the 2011 IPL. He dismissed Sachin Tendulkar in Pune's match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium and then had figures of 2 for 7 in the return fixture at the DY Patil Stadium. Sharma had played for Deccan Chargers in the third season of the IPL, during which he was diagnosed with a facial nerve dysfunction that affected his vision. He worked with doctors in order to recover enough to return to cricket. He had made his first-class debut for Punjab in 2006, but had to wait till 2009 to play again. In the 2009-10 season, he took 13 wickets in seven games including a six-for against Railways.


Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2008 at 2:06 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Abhimanyu Mithun


Born October 25, 1989, Bangalore


Major teams India, India A, Karnataka, Karnataka XI, Royal Challengers Bangalore


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium

Abhimanyu Mithun

Abhimanyu Mithun spent his early teenage years striving for success in athletics and the discus throw, and didn't bowl with a leather ball until he was 17. Three years later, after a successful Ranji debut season in 2009-10, the fast bowler had forced his way into the national squad for the Test series against South Africa. Mithun has the build for a quick bowler, honed at his fathers gym in Bangalore. He is 6' 2" tall, a height he uses to increase the effectiveness of his favourite weapon, the bouncer. He relies heavily on his pace, which is what caught coach Ray Jennings' eye during the trials for the Royal Challengers Bangalore before the 2009 IPL. While he didn't make much of a splash in that tournament, he had the batsmen hopping in the Ranji season that followed, heading the charts by capturing 47 wickets to power Karnataka to their first finals in more than a decade.


Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2008 at 2:01 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Subramaniam Badrinath


Born August 30, 1980, Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu


Major teams India, Chennai Super Kings, India Red, Indian Board President's XI, Tamil Nadu


Playing role Middle-order batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Subramaniam Badrinath

A run-hungry S Badrinath has been the mainstay of the Tamil Nadu batting since the mid-2000s, and has also captained them. Badrinath stands tall at the crease, and plays with a correct technique. He was pitchforked into the national consciousness in 2005-06 when he nearly topped the batting charts, scoring 636 runs from seven matches at almost 80, missing pole position by 36 runs to Amol Muzumdar, who played one match more. In comparison 2006-07 was not as spectacular, but Badrinath managed 436 runs at almost 50. An excellent fielder at point, and elsewhere in the circle, Badrinath began as a grafter, something quite rare at a time when strokemakers ruled, and expanded his repertoire of strokes as he gained experience. In 2007 he piled on the runs for India A on their tours to Zimbabwe and Kenya, and in the home series against South Africa A. In October he was called up to the ODI squad for the last three one-dayers against Australia, though he did not get a game. He was dropped for the series against Pakistan that followed. He shrugged off the disappointment by performing well in the 2007-08 Ranji Trophy season, scoring 659 runs at 65.90. After being ignored for ten months, he was named as Sachin Tendulkar's replacement for the Sri Lanka ODIs and impressed in his first appearance, showing sound technique against the spinners to see India through to a tense win. He made it to the Test squad for Australia's 2008-09 tour of India, but didn't get his debut. However, a series of injuries to the Indian middle order handed Badri a Test debut in Nagpur more than a year later, at the age of 29. He was off the radar after a couple of Tests but another year of heavy run-getting in both the Ranji Trophy and the IPL earned him a spot on the one-day leg of the West Indies tour in 2011.


Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2008 at 1:59 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Krishnakumar Dinesh Karthik


Born June 1, 1985, Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu


Major teams India, Delhi Daredevils, India A, India Blue, India Under-19s, Indian Board President's XI, Kings XI Punjab, Tamil Nadu


Also known as Dinesh


Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Krishnakumar Dinesh Karthik

It took just one season for Dinesh Karthik to transform from an obscure second-choice wicketkeeper for Tamil Nadu to a serious contender for a berth in the Indian squad. Karthik may be a cherub-faced, shy boy off the field, but he has shown his ability to attack under pressure, and improvise, on it. As a 17-year-old playing his first season in 2002, he showed glimpses of his batting talent but his wicketkeeping wasn't up to scratch, resulting in him being dropped for the Ranji Trophy knockout matches. However, his impressive showing in the Under-19 World Cup in Dhaka - including a whirlwind 70 in a must-win game against Sri Lanka - two vital hundreds in the Ranji Trophy knock-out and an improved showing behind the stumps resulted in him emerging as a contender for the national squad. He was picked in the Indian one-day squad, as replacement for Parthiv Patel, in August 2004, and made his debut in a NatWest Challenge game against England where he pulled off a superb stumping. Shortly afterwards, he was called up to make his Test debut against Australia in the fourth Test at Mumbai. After managing just one fifty in ten Tests, he was axed in favour of the flamboyant Mahendra Singh Dhoni but he returned for India's tour to South Africa towards the end of 2006. He cemented his place in both Tests and ODIs and was chosen for the Bangladesh tour, India's first assignment after the forgettable World Cup, as a specialist Test opener. He scored his maiden Test ton in the second Test in Dhaka. Soon, though, Dhoni became irreplaceable and he got to play for India only when Dhoni rested. On one such occasion, in the 2008 tour of Sri Lanka, he was ordinary behind the stumps. He did have a good season in domestic cricket in 2008-09, though, keeping in tact his status of second-choice keeper, ahead of Parthiv. He scored three centuries in Ranji Trophy and captained Tamil Nadu through to the semi-final, and followed it up with two centuries in two Duleep Trophy matches. That earned him a comeback to all three Indian squads for the tour of New Zealand.


Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2008 at 1:56 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Irfan Khan Pathan


Born October 27, 1984, Baroda, Gujarat


Current age 26 years 217 days


Major teams India, Baroda, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Middlesex


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Left-arm medium-fast


Relation Half-brother - YK Pathan

Irfan Khan Pathan

Irfan Khan Pathan was considered by many, with reason, as the most talented swing and seam bowler to emerge from India since Kapil Dev. Within a couple of years in international cricket, he was thought of as a possible successor for Kapil in the allround department. When he made his Test debut in Australia in 2003-04, it was with the energy of a 19-year-old, but a composed nous that was striking even for one who had been specifically readied for the purpose via the A-team and age-group channels. His instinct is not merely what to bowl to who and when, but also to keep learning new tricks. He played a big part in India's one-day and the Test series wins on their revival tour of Pakistan. His batting soon took off and he was regularly pushed up the order - his first stint at No.3 resulted in a spectacular 83 against Sri Lanka at Nagpur - and he often bailed India out of strife in the Test arena as well. His bowling form, though, nosedived in 2006, and he struggled to make it to both the Test and ODI teams when the year ended, becoming the first Indian player to be sent back from a tour (South Africa) to concentrate on domestic cricket. He did make it to the World Cup squad but didn't figure in a single game during India's disappointing campaign, after which he was dropped from both the Test and one-day sides. Recalled to the side for the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa in September 2007, Pathan did not disappoint, snapping up 10 wickets at 14.90. His crucial spell of 3 for 16 in the final against Pakistan earned him the Man-of-the-Match award.


Pathan returned to the ODI side for the home series against Australia and Pakistan, and showed he had rediscovered his bowling rhythm, based on which he was handed a recall in the third Test against Pakistan in Bangalore. His celebrated his comeback to the Test team after 19 months by making his first Test hundred. Pathan was subsequently picked for the Test series in Australia, but was benched for the first two matches. He was brought in for the Perth Test, where he played a crucial part in India's famous win - with scores of 28 and 46 and five wickets to claim the Man-of-the-Match award.


Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2008 at 1:54 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Sourav Chandidas Ganguly


Born July 8, 1972, Calcutta (now Kolkata), Bengal


Major teams India, Asia XI, Bengal, East Zone, Glamorgan, India Under-19s, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lancashire, Marylebone Cricket Club, Northamptonshire, Pune Warriors


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium


Height 5 ft 11 in


Education St Xavier's College

Sourav Chandidas Ganguly

Some felt he couldn't play the bouncer, others swore that he was God on the off-side; some laughed at his lack of athleticism, others took immense pride in his ability to galvanise a side. Sourav Ganguly's ability to polarise opinion led to one of the most fascinating dramas in Indian cricket. Yet, nobody can dispute that he was India's most successful Test captain - forging a winning unit from a bunch of talented, but directionless, individuals - and nobody can argue about him being one of the greatest one-day batsmen of all time. Despite being a batsman who combined grace with surgical precision in his strokeplay, his career had spluttered to a standstill before being resurrected by a scintillating hundred on debut at Lord's in 1996. Later that year, he was promoted to the top of the order in ODIs and, along with Sachin Tendulkar, formed one of the most destructive opening pairs in history.


When he took over the captaincy after the match-fixing exposes in 2000, he quickly proved to be a tough, intuitive and uncompromising leader. Under his stewardship India started winning Test matches away, and put together a splendid streak that took them all the way to the World Cup final in 2003. Later that year, in Australia, an unexpected and incandescent hundred at Brisbane set the tone for the series where India fought the world's best team to a standstill. Victory in Pakistan turned him into a cult figure but instead of being a springboard for greater things, it was the peak of a slippery slope.


The beginning of the end came in 2004 at Nagpur - when his last-minute withdrawal played a part in Australia clinching the series - and things went pear shaped when his loss of personal form coincided with India's insipid ODI performances. Breaking point was reached when his differences with Greg Chappell leaked into public domain and his career was in jeopardy when India began their remarkable revival under Rahul Dravid.


His gritty 30s at Karachi, when India succumbed to a humiliating defeat in early 2006, weren't enough for him to retain his spot and some felt he would never get another chance. Others, as always, thought otherwise and they were proved right when he was included in the Test squad for the away series in South Africa in 2006-2007. He ended as the highest Indian run-scorer in that series and capped his fairytale comeback with four half-centuries on his return to ODIs. He continued his fine run in England, where he finished as the second highest scorer in Tests, and went on to slam back-to-back hundreds against Pakistan at home, the second of which was a glorious 239 in Bangalore. Ganguly was surprisingly omitted from India's ODI squad for the CB Series in Australia and has been out of contention in the one-day squad since. After a poor Test series in Sri Lanka, there were reports of him considering retirement but he was given a lifeline in the Tests against Australia at home. Two days before the first Test, he said the series would be his last.


Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2008 at 1:51 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Amit Mishra


Born November 24, 1982, Delhi


Major teams India, Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils, Haryana, India Blue


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Legbreak

Amit Mishra

A confident and attacking cricketer, Amit Mishra first caught the eye while tormenting the England Under-19 tourists early in 2001 with big legbreaks and the odd fizzing googly. Mishra, at his best on dry pitches, rapidly became an integral cog in Haryana's Ranji Trophy side, taking wickets by the bagful in typically Indian conditions. Mishra was called into a large Indian squad for the West Indies series at home in October 2002, but was disappointed not to be given a chance. The absence of several senior players after the World Cup led to another call-up for the TVS Cup in Dhaka in April 2003. Since then, though, he has dropped off the selectors' radar, only resurfacing in 2007, when called up to the A team to take on South Africa A in two four-day matches at home. He ended the 2007 first-class season with an impressive 46 wickets in 11 games. Those performances convinced the selectors to include him in the Test squad against the Australians at home in 2008. He got his chance in Mohali, replacing the injured Anil Kumble, and became only the sixth Indian to take a five-wicket haul on debut.


Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2008 at 1:48 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Ambati Thirupathi Rayudu


Born September 23, 1985, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh


Major teams Hyderabad (India), Hyderabad Heroes, ICL India XI, Mumbai Indians


Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak


Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper

Ambati Thirupathi Rayudu

Ambati Rayudu was touted as India's next great batting hope ever since he started training at the National Cricket Academy in 2001. A pint-sized, fluent strokemaker with a compact technique, he blazed an unbeaten 177 - after opening the batting - as India's colts completed a clean sweep of a one-day series in England in 2002. The Ranji Trophy season that followed, his first, was also exceptional - including a double-century and a hundred in the same match against Andhra - though he tailed off towards the end of an arduous campaign. He was captain of India's Under-19 team and led the side to the semis of the U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2004. However, his batting since then hasn't matched initial expectations; he has failed to earn a call-up for the national team and has been overtaken by several of his U-19 team-mates, including Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik. But Rayudu had more than his fair share of problems off the field. After a disappointing 2004-05 season with the bat, he had issues with the then Hyderabad coach and transferred to Andhra the following season. He returned to Hyderabad the next season but started having trouble with the umpires on a few occasions. His consistency suffered, and when the Indian Cricket League came calling in 2007, he signed up along with a host of fellow Hyderabad team-mates. The opportunity to play alongside foreign stars in front of a television audience, he said, attracted him. The ICL put a hold on his international prospects for two seasons before accepting the BCCI's amnesty offer in 2009 and cancelling his contract.


Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2008 at 1:41 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Jaidev Dipakbhai Unadkat


Born October 18, 1991, Porbandar


Major teams India A, India Under-19s, Kolkata Knight Riders, Saurashtra Under-19s


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Left-arm medium

Jaidev Dipakbhai Unadkat

A left-arm fast bowler, Jaidev Unadkat was named in India's Under-19 squad for the 2010 World Cup in New Zealand as the pace spearhead. Unadkat was first spotted at the Duleep Sinh School of Cricket in Porbandar, where he impressed his coach Ram Odedra with his bowling action and ability to land the ball on the seam.


After the World Cup, Unadkat was handed an IPL contract with Kolkata Knight Riders and he impressed the bowling coach Wasim Akram, who identified him as one for the future. He was picked for India A's tour of England in June 2010 and had a dream first-class debut, taking a match-winning 13 for 103 against West Indies A at Grace Road. A month later, he joined the Indian Test squad in Sri Lanka as a nets bowler and was included in the squad for the year-end tour of South Africa, where he made his Test debut at Centurion.