Ajit Agarkar was a very crucial member of the Indian pace attack and he would, on many occasions, be the saving grace for India with the ball on foreign tours. He had limited abilities but he knew how to use his skills to his advantage and that really helped him to become a strike bowler for India in the early 2000s. In this article, we will take a look at his top bowling performances in ODI cricket.
1. 6/42 vs Australia, 2004
In the first half of the first decade of the 21st century, one particular Indian bowler was always among the wickets against the best team of that generation, Australia, and that bowler was Ajit Agarkar.
Just like his test career his best bowling performance in ODI cricket also came against Australia. He delivered this spell in the VB series of 2004 at Melbourne where he bagged 6 wickets. He dismissed most of the prominent batters in the Australian team and helped India restrict Australia below the score of 300. India narrowly lost the match but this remains one of the best spells bowled in ODI cricket by an Indian bowler on Australian soil.
2. 5/44 vs Sri Lanka, 2005
If the previous performance came in a defeat, well, this one helped India get to the victory. In the 4th match of the ODI series against Sri Lanka, Ajit Agarkar emerged as the match-winner with his bowling performance. His 5-wicket haul was the major force behind India’s impressive bowling. The Men in Blue bowled out Sri Lanka for 261 runs which gave India an edge in the game. Eventually, India chased down the total and clinched the match by 4 wickets. Ajit Agarkar was adjudged the player of the match for his performance.
3. 4/18 vs Zimbabwe, 2005
Ajit Agarkar’s third-best bowling performance of his career came in a tri-series against Zimbabwe at Harare. Team India batted first in this match and could only post 226 runs on the board which was not that big a target for the opposition. The bowlers needed to put in extra effort to make this total a match-winning target. Agarkar along with Irfan Pathan absolutely obliterated Zimbabwe’s batting order in the second innings and won the match for India by 161 runs.
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