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Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2008 at 1:37 AM Comments comments (0)


Full name Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara


Born January 25, 1988, Rajkot, Gujarat


Major teams India, India A, India Green, India Under-19s, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Saurashtra, Saurashtra Under-16s, Saurashtra Under-19s


Playing role Batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Legbreak

Cheteshwar Arvind Pujara

After years of prolific run-making at the domestic and A-team levels, Cheteshwar Pujara got an opportunity to showcase his talents at the international level in the Bangalore Test against Australia in 2010, and he made it count, displacing Rahul Dravid at No.3 and scoring an excellent 72 in a tricky fourth-innings run-chase. In the process, he became only the fifth Indian to score 50 or more in the fourth innings on debut.


Pujara's gameplan is simple and he plays within his limitations. His technique is classical; upright at the crease and confident through both sides of the field. Son and pupil of former Ranji player Arvind Pujara, Cheteshwar was an achiever at age-level cricket too: he finished the 2006 Under-19 World Cup as its highest scorer with 349 runs at 116. He'd already displayed his hunger for big scores with a triple-century against Baroda at Under-14 level, a double against England Under-19, and 145 for Saurashtra in his second first-class match. In the World Cup, his 97 against West Indies and unbeaten 129 against England - an almost faultless one-day innings - took him to the top of the run-charts, past his big-scoring team-mates Gaurav Dhiman and Rohit Sharma. One of the top run-getters in the 2007-08 Ranji Trophy season, Pujara signed on with the Kolkata Knight Riders, of the lucrative Indian Premier League, in March 2008. In October that year he was picked for the Challenger Trophy and later scored two triple-hundreds for Saurashtra in an Under-22 tournament. He followed that up with another triple-century against Orissa in the 2008-09 Ranji Trophy. His form continued through the next season, which prompted a call-up to the Test squad, and Pujara responded with an unforgettable debut performance.


Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2008 at 1:26 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Munaf Musa Patel


Born July 12, 1983, Ikhar, Gujarat


Major teams India, Asia XI, Gujarat, India Green, Indian Board President's XI, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat

Munaf Musa Patel

Few medium-pacers had generated as much hype before bowling a ball in first-class, let alone international cricket as Munaf Musa Patel, the young boy from the little town of Ikhar in Bahruch, Gujarat did in early 2003. Kiran More, now chairman of selectors, had seen him bowl in the nets and sent him straight to the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai to train under TA Sekhar and Dennis Lillee. Soon he was being hailed as the fastest man in Indian cricket. Then, even as Baroda and Gujarat vied for his services, Patel chose Mumbai, after Sachin Tendulkar had taken special interest in him and had a word with the authorities in the Mumbai Cricket Association. Even then Patel's first-class career was anything but smooth as he spent more time recovering from various injuries than actually playing.


Strongly built though not overly tall, a wild mane flowing behind him as he bustles up to the bowling crease, gathering momentum before releasing the ball with a windmill-whirl of hands, Patel's priority is to bowl quick. And it was this that first caught the eye about three years ago. Now he has added reverse swing to his repertoire and has troubled batsmen with a well-directed yorker. After plenty of speculation and close calls he finally received a call from the national selection panel for the second Test against England in March 2006, after an impressive performance for the Board President's XI saw him pick up 10 English wickets for 91 runs. Things just got better a couple of weeks later against England at Mohali when he ended with 7 for 97, the best performance by an Indian fast bowler on Test debut. A consistent series against West Indies later that year meant he had established himself as a regular member of the side.


Then came the lull as Munaf, like most of India's new crop of fast bowlers, began to fade away after a good start. He lost pace at an alarming rate, and seemed intent on rebranding himself as back-up seamer as opposed to pace spearhead. He soon lost his place in the Test side, and despite a handful of average ODI performances, was a left-field selection for the New Zealand tour in 2009. He did a reasonable job in India's win in Hamilton, but a schedule packed with the occasional home Test in between ODIs and Twenty20s meant he rarely stayed in the radar for long. Injuries to Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth in the lead-up to the Sri Lanka tour in 2010 gave him another opportunity to impress.


Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2008 at 1:18 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Shikhar Dhawan


Born December 5, 1985, Delhi


Major teams India, Deccan Chargers, Delhi, Delhi Daredevils, Delhi Under-16s, India A, Mumbai Indians


Playing role Top-order batsman


Batting style Left-hand bat

Shikhar Dhawan

An attacking left-handed batsman, Shikhar Dhawan is part of a power-packed Delhi top order, comprising of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli. Dhawan shot to prominence during the 2003-04 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, where he was named the Player of the Tournament for scoring 505 runs at 84.16 with three centuries. His successful run continued when he made his Ranji debut for Delhi in 2004-05, finishing as the team's leading run-getter with 461 runs. He had been a consistent performer for his state side since, as his average of nearly 45 indicates. He played a pivotal role in his team's Ranji title win in 2007-08, scoring 570 runs in eight games. Television audiences had a good glimpse of Dhawan during the IPL's inaugural season in 2008, where he continued his good run with the Delhi Daredevils. Mumbai Indians swapped Ashish Nehra for Dhawan the following season. Dhawan is still a fringe player in Indian cricket and has proved himself to be a suitable reserve opener in all formats of the game.


Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2008 at 1:06 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Wriddhiman Prasanta Saha


Born October 24, 1984, Shaktigarh


Current age 26 years 220 days


Major teams India, Bengal, Chennai Super Kings, India A, Kolkata Knight Riders


Playing role Wicketkeeper


Batting style Right-hand bat


Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Wriddhiman Prasanta Saha was drafted into the Bengal Ranji side after regular wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta signed up with the Indian Cricket League. He grabbed the chance with both hands, becoming the 15th Bengal player to score a hundred on Ranji debut. Though he managed only one more fifty in the remaining first-class games of the season, he was signed up by the Kolkata Knight Riders for the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League. He managed 318 runs in five games in the 2009-10 Ranji season and was picked in the squad for the first Test for the home series against South Africa. A last-minute injury to Rohit Sharma handed Saha an unexpected debut in Nagpur - as a batsman.


Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2008 at 1:01 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Ranganath Vinay Kumar


Born February 12, 1984, Davanagere, Karnataka


Major teams India, India A, Karnataka, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Royal Challengers Bangalore


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm medium

Ranganath Vinay Kumar

Vinay Kumar is a bowler in the Venkatesh Prasad mould - relying more on outswingers, legcutters and accuracy, than on outright pace. After the retirement of former India players Dodda Ganesh and David Johnson, Vinay became a key member of the Karnataka pace attack. First picked for the Ranji side in 2004-05, he quickly established himself by taking more than 20 wickets in each of his first three seasons. He soon developed an inswinger as a variation to his stock ball, resulting in a superb 2007-08 season, in which he was the second-highest wicket-taker in the Ranji Trophy. That convinced the Royal Challengers Bangalore to give him a contract, and he has frequently filled their fifth bowler's slot.


His finest domestic season so far was in 2009-10: capturing 46 wickets, besides mentoring his state's two young fast bowlers, Abhimanyu Mithun and S Aravind, to lead Karnataka to the Ranji final for the first time in 11 years. Struggling to get national recognition despite several consistent performances, he worked on his batting in the hope of making the Indian team as an allrounder. The hard work eventually paid off - a successful start to the IPL won him a spot in the India squad for the World Twenty20 in 2010.


Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2008 at 12:57 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Saurabh Sunil Tiwary


Born December 30, 1989, Jamshedpur, Bihar


Current age 21 years 153 days


Major teams India, Bihar, Bihar Under-14s, India Green, India Under-19s, Jharkhand, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore


Also known as Saurav


Playing role Batsman


Batting style Left-hand bat



Saurabh Sunil Tiwary

Saurabh Tiwary is a left-hand batsman who began playing cricket at the age of 11. He represented his state Jharkhand at the Under-14 level before making his first-class debut in the 2006-07 Ranji Trophy. He scored two half-centuries in India's Under-19 tri-series victory against South Africa and Bangladesh in 2008 and was a member of the squad that won the U-19 World Cup in Malaysia in 2008. He performed consistently well in the Ranji Trophy before hitting a peak in the 2009-10 season for Jharkhand, scoring three centuries. The IPL in 2010 shot him into limelight, as he proved one of the finds for Mumbai Indians, striking three half-centuries and cementing his place in their middle order. He was later rewarded with an India call-up for the 2010 Asia Cup.


Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2008 at 12:48 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Rohit Gurunath Sharma


Born April 30, 1987, Bansod, Nagpur, Maharashtra


Major teams India, Deccan Chargers, India A, India Green, India Under-19s, Mumbai, Mumbai Cricket Association President's XI, Mumbai Indians, Mumbai Under-19s


Playing role Batsman


Batting style Right-hand bat


Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Rohit Gurunath Sharma

Rohit Sharma is an Indian cricketer. Rohit Sharma was born to Telugu speaking parents from Andhra Pradesh. Sharma completed his primary education at Our Lady Of Vailankanni High School, Mumbai. He was later enrolled in the Swami Vivekanand International School on a scholarship, after his talent was noticed by the school’s cricket coach Dinesh Lad at a summer camp.

In December 2009, Sharma scored a triple century in the Ranji Trophy and was recalled to the ODI team for the tri-nations tournament in Bangladesh as Tendulkar was being rested.He started international playing career at the age of 20.He made his Ranji Trophy debut for his First-class side Mumbai in the 2006/2007 season. He scored 205 off 267 balls in the match against Gujarat.Sharma made his List A debut for West Zone against Central Zone in the Deodhar Trophy in March 2006, at Gwalior.

It was his unbeaten innings of 142 in 123 balls against North Zone at Udaipur in the same tournament, that brought him into the limelight.He scored his maiden ODI century (114) against Zimbabwe on May 28, 2010. He followed it up with another century in the next match of the tri-series against Sri Lanka on May 30, 2010 by scoring 101 not out.He was one of the leading run scorers in the 2008 IPL (Indian Premier League) season with 404 runs at an average of 36.72.


Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2008 at 12:37 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Pragyan Prayash Ojha


Born September 5, 1986, Bhubaneswar, Orissa


Major teams India, Deccan Chargers, Hyderabad (India), India A, India Red, India Under-19s


Playing role Bowler


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Pragyan Prayash Ojha

Probably the front-runner among India's upcoming left-arm spinners, Pragyan Ojha has converted the promise he showed at age-group levels to first-class level too. For good measure, he improved markedly in his second season, ending up among the top 10 bowlers by the end of the league stage of the 2006-07 Ranji Trophy, with 29 wickets at 19.89 in six games for Hyderabad. Consistent performances on a twin tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya earned him another shot with India A, against South Africa at home, and he took eight wickets in an innings victory in Delhi.


It wasn't long before Ojha earned his ODI call-up, for the tri-series in Bangladesh and the Asia Cup in Pakistan, in June 2008, after a successful turn-out for the Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League. He debuted against Bangladesh and made an impact with three outfield catches and an absolute ripper of a delivery which foxed Raqibul Hasan to claim his maiden wicket. A couple of tidy performances in the Asia Cup followed which helped him win a place in the 16-man squad for the Tests against Sri Lanka. It was a while later before he actually made his debut in the five-day game, when Sri Lanka came over for a return series, and Ojha did not do too badly at all in his first game. Ojha has performed creditably in the limited ODI opportunities he has been given and the hope is that he won't be sidelined due to the rather unfortunate game of musical chairs that India's selectors tend to play.


Posted by anccricket on October 20, 2008 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Full name Piyush Pramod Chawla


Born December 24, 1988, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh


Major teams India, Air India, India Green, India Under-19s, Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI, Sussex, Uttar Pradesh


Playing role Allrounder


Batting style Left-hand bat


Bowling style Legbreak



Piyush Pramod Chawla

Piyush Chawla is one for early impact. As a 15-year-old he represented India Under-19 and Uttar Pradesh U-22. Before he made his first-class debut, at 17, he had already bowled Sachin Tendulkar with a googly in a Challenger Series match. In his first first-class season, he took 35 wickets and scored 224 runs to help UP win their first Ranji Trophy. In his teens he played two Test matches too, against England and South Africa. He took three wickets on ODI debut in Bangladesh in 2007, and 14 during India's tour of Ireland and England the same year, often troubling Kevin Pietersen with the googlies and the straighter ones.


Chawla is a legspinner who has good control and variations, but can do with a bigger stock legbreak to make the other aspects of his bowling more effective. He has not been able to make himself a permanent place in the Indian team so far, losing out to a more conventional legspinner Amit Mishra after Anil Kumble retired from Tests. He stayed closer to the ODI team, also helped by an impressive performance in the first IPL. But after an ordinary Asia Cup in Pakistan in 2008, he was sent back to domestic cricket to work on his game. After a long time in the side-lines, when the likes of Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha overtook him in the Indian spinner stakes, Chawla made a surprise comeback to the side when he was included for the World Twenty20 in 2010, and then made it to the squad for the 2011 World Cup.


Posted by anccricket on October 20, 2008 at 6:21 AM Comments comments (0)


Full name Parthiv Ajay Patel


Born March 9, 1985, Ahmedabad, Gujarat


Current age 26 years 83 days


Major teams India, Chennai Super Kings, Gujarat, India Green, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI


Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman


Batting style Left-hand bat


Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Parthiv Ajay Patel

Small even for his tender age, when Parthiv Patel led his side onto the stage during the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century Awards in London in July 2002, some people assumed he was the team mascot. But within a month he had instead become Test cricket's youngest wicketkeeper - at 17 years, 153 days - when called up to replace the injured Ajay Ratra for the second Test at Trent Bridge. And he didn't do too badly either, scoring a gutsy, unbeaten 19 which helped stave off an Indian defeat. Parthivl's glovework has varied from the competent to the shoddy - he was splendid in the home series against West Indies in 2002-03, but then struggled to inspire confidence thereafter, especially when standing up to the spinners. His ability with the bat ensured that he got an extended run - he scored an aggressive 62 at Sydney in 2003-04, and then faced up to Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami with plenty of poise, scoring 69 as an opener. However, those batting performances weren't enough to gloss over increasingly sloppy work behind the stumps, and the selectors' patience finally ran out after the third Test of the home series against Australia, when he was replaced by Dinesh Karthik. Parthiv's form took a turn for the better in 2007, on a twin tour of Zimbabwe and Harare for India A, where he hit three hundreds and a half-century. In the first match of a series against South Africa A at home Parthiv opened up with a fourth century on the trot. In 2008, his efforts were rewarded with a call-up to the squad for the Test-series in Sri Lanka. Adam Gilchrist is Patel's role model: if he can bounce back and achieve even half the success Gilchrist has as a wicketkeeper-batsman, Indian cricket will be well served.