Ajit Agarkar, born in Mumbai, is a former Indian cricketer who represented the Indian national team and Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy.
Agarkar led the Mumbai team to its 40th Ranji Trophy win.
Having bagged records like fastest fifty in ODIs and fastest fifty wickets in ODI for India, Agarkar have made a significant contribution to Indian cricket.
Ajit Agarkar made his Test and ODI debut in 1998 against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club and against Australia at Nehru Stadium respectively. He took the crucial wicket of Adam Gilchrist in his very first ODI.
He made his T20 debut against South Africa at The Wanderers Stadium on December 1, 2006.
Agarkar also played in the IPL editions and made his IPL debut with Kolkata Knight Riders against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 18, 2008.
Rise to Glory
Agarkar played one of the best cameos against Zimbabwe when he reached his fifty in just 21 balls. He made the fastest ODI fifty for India.
Agarkar is also one of the few players who scored a Test century at Lord’s, having done so during the Indian Tour to England in 2002.
He further led India to winning side when his career best figures of 6/41 came at Adelaide in 2003 which helped India grab their first Test win in Australia in 20 years.
In 2002, he scored his career best 95 in ODIs against West Indies. In 2004, he smashed an unbeaten 40 in just 16 balls in an ODI against Zimbabwe, which helped Indian side to triumph once more.
Agarkar announced his retirement in 2013 from all forms of cricket. He then managed to remain associated with the game by becoming cricket analyst post-retirement.