Ajit Agarkar announces retirement from all forms of cricket


Ajit Agarkar, the former India seamer, has announced his retirement from all competitive cricket on 16th October 2013.

Agarkar had led Mumbai, for whom he played all his Ranji Trophy cricket, to the domestic first-class title in the 2012-13 season. He played 110 first-class games in all, taking 299 wickets at 30.69, as well as 270 List A games and 62 T20s in a career that began in 1996-97.

Ajit Agarkar made his Test and ODI debuts in 1998 and T20I debut in 2006. With 288 wickets, he is the third highest wicket-taker for India in ODIs after Javagal Srinath(315) and Anil Kumble(337).

Early in his career, Agarkar broke Dennis Lillee's world record for the fastest 50 wickets in ODIs, achieving the feat from only 23 matches. He held the record from 1998 until 2009, when Ajantha Mendis achieved the feat from just 19 matches.

Agarkar holds the Indian record of scoring the fastest 50 in ODI - he scored 50 of 21 balls. Agarkar also holds another ODI record, which is the quickest in terms of least number of matches played to take 200 wickets and complete 1000 runs. Agarkar achieved this feat in 133 matches breaking the previous record held by South African Shaun Pollock, who accomplished this feat in his 138th match.

He scored an unbeaten Test century at Lord's in 2002, batting at number eight.

Conversely, Agarkar attained the feat of five consecutive innings resulting in ducks(four of them of first ball) against Australia, an unfortunate honour.

Agarkar also played for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL and led Mumbai to the 2013 Ranji Trophy title in domestic cricket.

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