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Chetan Sharma

Ex. Cricketer

Chetan Sharma (born 3 January 1966) is a former Indian cricketer and Politician who played Tests and ODIs as a fast bowler for Indian cricket team...Read More

Sharma was coached by Desh Prem Azad, a Dronacharya Award winner, who was also the mentor of Kapil Dev. In spite of being only 5 ft 3 inches,[1] Sharma was the fastest bowler for India during the 1980s, clocking speeds above 140 km/h constantly. The fastest ball he ever bowled is clocked at a speed of 144 km/h (89 mph)

A pocket-sized powerhouse, Chetan Sharma made up for his lack of height and build with a good action and thrust from the shoulders at the point of delivery. He made his international debut at 17 and a year later, aged 18 years, 288 days, played his first Test. He made it memorable by bowling Mohsin Khan with his fifth ball - the third Indian to take a wicket in his first over in Test cricket. He remained Kapil Dev's able partner for almost five years. Though the experts were of the view that he would not last long because of his slight physique, Chetan proved them wrong by some lion-hearted performances. He first gave notice when he took 14 wickets in three Tests in Sri Lanka in 1985, including his first five wicket haul. He did even better in England in 1986 when he took 16 wickets in two Tests, including the first ten-wicket haul by an Indian bowler in that country. Against the West Indies in 1987-88, he had his fourth five-wicket haul in Tests at New Delhi. He played his last Test in the West Indies in 1989 but continued to represent India in one day internationals until 1994-95. Chetan was also a more than useful tailend batsman, as he proved by holding out against McDermott, Hughes and Reid for over two hours in making 54 when sent in as a nightwatchman against Australia in 1985, or when hitting an exhilerating 101 not out when he was promoted to No. 4 against England in the MRF World Series match in 1989. In retirement, Chetan has found success as a popular TV commentator.

Making his first appearance in Tests against Pakistan at Lahore in 1984, he bowled Mohsin Khan with his fifth ball – becoming the third Indian to take a wicket in his first over in Test cricket. He took fourteen wickets in the three Tests in Sri Lanka in 1985. Later that season in Australia, with India needing a win in the last match of the league to qualify for the final of the World Series Cup. Sharma was an important member of the Indian team that defeated England 2–0 in 1986. He took sixteen wickets in the two Tests that he played. He took 10 wickets at Birmingham, including a career best 6 for 58 in the second innings. It remains the only ten wicket haul by an Indian in England. Though only twenty at this time, he picked up frequent injuries which restricted his career. When available, he was the first choice as the opening bowler with Kapil Dev for the next three years.

For his ability to get useful runs down the order that too at quick rate, Chetan was seen as a natural successor to Kapil Dev in the all-rounder category. By the early nineties, his bowling dropped in pace and its sharpness and his strike rate had dropped considerably.

1987 World Cup

In the Reliance World Cup in 1987, Sharma took the first hat-trick in the history of tournament when he clean bowled Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield of New Zealand off consecutive balls.

Post World Cup

He played the most noted innings of his career against England in the Nehru Cup in 1989. Sent in at No.3 with India facing a target of 256, he scored a 101* in 96 balls, completing his hundred with the match-winning run. He made another important contribution in India's win against Australia in the next match, sharing an unfinished partnership of 40 runs with Manoj Prabhakar and ending the match with a six. But his bowling had waned considerably and he was excluded from the tour of Pakistan a few weeks later.

Late career

Sharma received few opportunities thereafter. In one of his last international appearances, against New Zealand in a three nations tournament in 1994 he ended up with figures of 1–0–23–0 after being hit for five fours off consecutive balls by Stephen Fleming. He moved from Haryana to Bengal in 1993 and stayed there till the end of his career in 1996.

Sharma is also infamously remembered for bowling the last over in the final of the Austral-Asia cup in Sharjah in 1986. With Pakistan needing four runs off the last ball to win, he bowled a low full toss outside the leg stump, which was hit for six by Javed Miandad. That defeat exasperates many Indian cricket fans to this day.

After cricket

After his retirement, Chetan became a cricket commentator. He opened a cricket academy in Panchkula in Haryana in 2004 which closed down in 2009. Chetan is the nephew of the former Indian cricketer Yashpal Sharma.

Chetan contested the Lok Sabha (2009) polls from Faridabad on a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket.[2] He came 3rd polling 18.2 percent votes.

Kiran More

Ex. Cricketer

Kiran Shankar More (born 4 September 1962) is a former Indian cricketer and wicket-keeper for the Indian cricket team from 1984 to 1993. He also took up the ...Read More

position Chairman of the Selection Committee of the BCCI till Dilip Vengsarkar took over the job in 2006. More played for the India Under-19 team in the late 1970s.[1] He played for Tata Sports Club in the Times Shield in Bombay and for Barrow in the North Lancashire League in 1982. He toured West Indies as the understudy to Syed Kirmani in 1982–83 without playing in a Test.

More played two major innings for Baroda in the Ranji Trophy in 1983–84 – 153* against Maharashtra and 181* against Uttar Pradesh. On the latter occasion, he added 145 for the last wicket with Vasudev Patel which stood as a Ranji record for nearly a decade. Baroda qualified for the semifinal before losing to Delhi. More appeared in two One Day Internationals against England in 1984–85.

More played two major innings for Baroda in the Ranji Trophy in 1983–84 – 153* against Maharashtra and 181* against Uttar Pradesh. On the latter occasion, he added 145 for the last wicket with Vasudev Patel which stood as a Ranji record for nearly a decade. Baroda qualified for the semifinal before losing to Delhi. More appeared in two One Day Internationals against England in 1984–85.

International cricket

More toured Australia with the Indian team in 1985–86. When an injury in an early match of the World Series Cup virtually ended the international career of Kirmani, More played in the remaining matches of the tournament. This tour starting in late 1985 is not to be confused with the famous winning tour for the World Championship of Cricket in early 1985, also in Australia. From then till 1993, More was the first choice as the wicket keeper for India in Tests. In one day matches, he often lost the place to wicket keepers who were better batsmen.

More's first Test series, against England in 1986, was his most successful. He took 16 catches in three Tests – an Indian record against England – and came second in the batting averages. More was a small, busy batsman who often played important innings when the regular batsmen failed. He scored 50 at Barbados against West Indies in 1988–89 when India lost the first six wickets for 63, and 58* against Pakistan at Karachi when India were struggling to save the follow-on. More considered the Karachi innings the best of his career.[1] Against West Indies at Madras in 1988–89, he stumped six batsmen, five of them in the second innings, both of which remain as Test records.

1990 and after

More was selected as Mohammad Azharuddin's vice captain in the team that toured New Zealand in 1989–90. In the second Test at Napierhe scored his highest score of 73. He lost the vice captaincy to Ravi Shastri later that year in England. In the Lord's Test, More dropped the English opener Graham Gooch when he was 36, who went on to score 333 runs. In the 1992 World Cup More was involved in a minor controversy when his constant appealing led Javed Miandad to mockingly leap up and down, apparently imitating More.[2] By early 1994, he lost his place in the Indian team to his Baroda teammate Nayan Mongia. More played purely as a batsman for the state side when both were available. He captained Baroda till 1998.

More started the Kiran More-Alembic cricket academy in 1997. He was the Chairman of selectors for the Indian team from 2002–2006. During his tenure as the Chairman of the Selection Committee he vowed to encourage and promote young cricketers by creating room for them in the Indian Cricket team by removing old and experienced players.

Madan Lal

Ex. Cricketer

Madan Lal Udhouram Sharma born 20 March 1951) is a former Indian cricketer (1974–1987) and Indian national cricket coach. He was also a member of the World Cup winning India squad of 1983...Read More

For many years, one of the leading utility players in the country, Madan Lal proved his value to the side both with his courageous middle-order batting and his nippy medium-pace bowling. He was useful both in Test cricket - as he proved while bowling India to victory over England at Bombay in 1981 or by rescuing the country by scoring a gallant 74 against Pakistan at Bangalore in 1983 - and in the one-day game - he was one of the heroes of the 1983 World Cup-winning side and earned his name by his spell of three quick wickets that broke the back of the West Indies batting in the final.

He was first picked for the 1974 tour of England based largely on some outstanding performances around the domestic circuit. He remained an integral part of the Indian team till the 1977-78 tour of Australia. Then for some inexplicable reason, he was out of the side till he was brought back for the series against England in 1981-82. He performed commendably, proving that he had received a raw deal from the selectors for three years, and was then a regular member of the team till 1985. Replaced by younger medium pacers, Madan Lal was brought back for two Tests in England in 1986 - he wasn't a member of the touring squad but was playing in league cricket - and again did well.

At the domestic level, Madan Lal was both a prolific run getter and regular wicket-taker, frequently rescuing his team from a bad start or by taking some quick wickets. His all round record in the Ranji Trophy - 5270 runs and 351 wickets - is one of the best in the national competition. After retirement, he kept in close touch with the game by becoming the coach of the A team and later the senior squad and then a national selector.

Playing Career

Madan Lal enjoyed outstanding all-round success at first-class level scoring 10,204 runs (av 42.87), including 22 hundreds, also capturing 625 wickets (av 25.50). He had a side-on bowling action. He played 39 Test matches for India, scoring 1,042 runs at an average of 22.65, taking 71 wickets at 40.08 and holding 15 catches. He was a fairly competent lower order batsman, often extricating the Indian team from tricky situations which earned him the nickname, Maddat Lal by grateful Indian fans.

He made 67 One Day Internationals appearances and was also a member of the 1983 World Cup final winning team where he teamed up with Kapil Dev, Balwinder Sandhu, Roger Binny, Mohinder Amarnath and Kirti Azad to contain and destroy the opposition.In the 1983 world cup finale Kapil Dev took the extraordinary catch of Vivian Richards off the bowling of Madan Lal. Madan Lal played for Punjab but later played for Delhi. Madan Lal also bowled the first ball to Dennis Amiss of England in the 1975 World Cup[2]

Coaching career

In his retirement, Madan Lal has been actively involved in the game in various capacities. Madan Lal coached the UAE team[3] for 1996 Cricket World Cup. Madan Lal had a stint as India's national cricket coach between September 1996 and September 1997[4]

He was member of the Selection Committee from 2000 and 2001. He joined and served as the coach of the Delhi Giants (known as the Delhi Jets till 2008) in the Indian Cricket League till it became defunct. He later applied for BCCI's amnesty offer since the ICL was not a recognized Twenty20 League.

Madan Lal run a cricket academy in Siri Fort Sports Complex, Delhi.[5] He was appointed as chief coach of the Sanjay Jagdale MPCA Academy in 2010.[6]

Coaching career

In March 2009, the Indian National Congress decided to field Madan Lal as their candidate for the Hamirpur Parliamentary constituency bye elections in Himachal Pradesh. Madan Lal was chosen to contest the bye elections against Anurag Thakur, son of the Himachal Pradesh BJP leader, Prem Kumar Dhumal.[7]

Sandeep Patil

Ex. Cricketer

Sandeep Madhusudan Patil, born 18 August 1956) is a former Indian cricketer, Indian national age group cricket manager and former Kenya national team coach,..Read More

who guided the minnows to the semi-finals of the 2003 World Cup. He was a hard-hitting middle order batsman and an occasional medium pace bowler. He was the coach of Mumbai Champs in the Indian Cricket League, but returned to the mainstream when he cut ties with the unofficial league in 2009. He has been appointed as the director of National Cricket Academy (NCA) by the BCCI, replacing Dav Whatmore He was appointed as the new chief of the BCCI Selection Committee on 27 September 2012

Early life

Sandeep Patil was born on 8 August 1956 in Mumbai. His father, Madhusudan Patil, was a former first class cricketer,[3] national level badminton player and skilled player of tennis and football. He grew up in the Shivaji Park area in Bombay, studied in Balmohan Vidyamandirand Ramnarain Ruia College and was coached by Ankush 'Anna' Vaidya.

Cricket career

In the early part of his career Patil was as much a medium pacer who bowled off the wrong foot, as he was a batsman. Following three successful years for the Bombay university in the Rohinton Baria Trophy, he made the Bombay Ranji team in 1975–76. After being on and off the team for three seasons, he played his first major innings against Delhi in the 1979 semifinal. Going in at No.6 after Bombay lost the first four wickets for 72, Patil hit 145 in 276 minutes with 18 fours and a six, none of his partners made more than 25.[4] Patil played for Edmonton in the Middlesex league in 1979 and 1980, and for Somerset 'B' in the latter year.

Patil announced his retirement from first class cricket after appearing for Bombay against the Australians in September 1986. But he came back to captain the Madhya Pradesh from 1988 to 1993 with considerable success. One of the more notable innings was a 185 against Bombay in 1990.[19] He went on to coach the Indian national team and the 'A' team. As the coach of Kenya, he guided them to an unlikely semifinal place in the 2003 World Cup.

He served as chairman of selectors of the Board of Control for Cricket in India from 27 September 2012 to September 2016.

Maninder Singh

Ex. Cricketer

Maninder Singh (born 13 June 1965, in Pune, India) is a former international cricket player who represented India in 35 Test matches and 59 One Day Internationals...Read More

Singh holds the Test record for the most tests in a complete career without aggregating 100 runs.[1] With his slow left-arm orthodox spin, Maninder was considered as an heir to Bishan Singh Bedi, who then held the record as India's leading spinner in terms of wickets. Maninder Singh has the most phenomenal bowling records in international cricket and retired prematurely due to personal reasons.

For an all-too-brief period in the mid-1980s, Maninder Singh was Indian spin's candle in the wind - the heir-apparent to Bishan Bedi. Like many protégés doomed to follow in famous footsteps, Maninder's journey was a tortuous one. As a raw 17-year-old, he had it all: beguiling flight, variety and an ability to rip the ball on helpful surfaces. Matchwinning performances in England in 1986 were followed by plentiful harvests at home against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. But everything came unstuck with painful swiftness. He lost his rhythm, his tantalising loop and ultimately his place in the side. Despite an abortive comeback in the early '90s, when he desperately experimented with his bowling action, Maninder - like Laxman Shivaramakrishnan - has come to epitomise unfulfilled promise. His enduring place in the game's history is unlikely to be as a matchwinning spinner, but rather as Greg Matthews's final victim in the second Tied Test at Madras in 1986-87.


Maninder Singh began his career playing against Pakistan at Karachi, in December 1982. His last match was against Zimbabwe in May 1993. He was regarded as an heir apparent of the legendary Bishen Singh Bedi, and at the height of his career, he was reputed to possess a huge variety in his arsenal. He is often credited to have bowled an over, in which each of the six balls would be different than the previous one juggling with flight, length and spin. His international career was however cut short due to lot of internal team politics. He took a phenomenal 88 wickets in his test career in just 35 mathces, with a best of seven wickets for only 27 runs. He took 66 wickets in One Day Internationals and a best of four wickets for 22 runs.

He is now mostly remembered for his dismissal in the Madras test resulting in a tie against Australia in 1986-87 series. Though now retired from active cricket, Maninder is still in the scene as a cricket commentator.

Nayan Mongia

Ex. Cricketer

Nayan Ramlal Mongia (born 19 December 1969 in Baroda) is a former Indian cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and a wicketkeeper...Read More

Always cheerful, always smiling, Nayan Mongia's approach to the game has been refreshingly different. Friendly, modest and unassuming by nature, he has always been one of the easily approachable cricketers. But once the action starts, Mongia has always been dead serious about the game. A professional approach marks his batting and wicketkeeping. On his first tour of England in 1990 he impressed no less a personality than Alan Knott, who judged him to be a natural. After a fairly long spell as understudy to Kiran More, Mongia made it to the Indian team in the mid 90s and from then on was been India's No. 1. An efficent wicketkeeper, Mongia is equally at home keeping to Srinath or Kumble. He has displayed lightning quick reflexes while diving to complete a catch or while bringing off a smart stumping. As a batsman, Mongia has proved time and again his immense value to the side in the middle order. But he has had success while opening the innings too, a fact symbolised by his gallant 152 against Australia at New Delhi in 1996. But he will probably be remembered more for off-the-field controversies. He was been dropped from the India team for apparently not trying to win a match, suspended after showing dissent at an umpiring decision, and banned after suspicions of being involved in the match-fixing crisis of the late 1990s. He retired at the end of 2004, after being left out by Baroda, his home state.


During his early days, Mongia made a name for himself while playing for Baroda, which ironically was the same team for which former India stumper Kiran More was also plying his trade. The opportunities for Mongia to make his mark were far too less to impress the selectors, precisely only when More was on national duty. However, the gutsy and modest player from Gujarat managed to make a mark and booked his ticket for the England tour in 1990.

Playing Career

First Tour of England
When he first toured England in 1990, he impressed Alan Knott, who claimed Mongia was a natural. Having spent many years as India's second wicketkeeper after Kiran More, Mongia first made it into the team in the mid-1990s and was from then on the number one choice for wicketkeeper.
Opening and highest score
Mongia scored his maiden Test century against Australia in the one-off Test during the latter's tour of India in 1996–97, in Delhi. Opening the batting, he scored 152 on a "slow turning wicket of low bounce". Writing for the Indian Express, former cricketer Ian Chappell called it an innings of "skill, patience and concentration". Mongia was dropped from the team after dissent and allegations of match-fixing. Mongia retired from first class cricket in December 2004.
First class career
In 1983 first-class matches for Baroda cricket team and West Zone cricket team making his debut in November 1989. He took 353 catches and 43 stumpings and scored over 7000 runs. In international cricket, Mongia played 44 Tests ending his Test career in an epic Kolkata Test against Australia cricket team in March 2001.
Match against West Indies On 30 October 1994, he was involved in match fixing (allegedly). Indians were chasing a target of 258 in 50 Overs . India could have chased the target until he came to bat and scored merely 4 runs off 21 balls along with Manoj Prabhakar who played a slow knock for his selfish milestone (102 off 154) as a result of which India lost the match by 46 runs after requiring 74 from 9 overs.