Debasis Sarbeswar Mohanty


Debasis Sarbeswar Mohanty

Born: 20 July 1976, Bhubaneshwar
Major Teams: Orissa, India.
Known As: Debasis Mohanty
Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium


It is never easy for a cricketer from one of the weaker states to break into the national side. And on this count, Debashish Mohanty deserves credit for forcing himself into the Indian team on merit. Another who has come through the India A ranks, Mohanty's bowling impressed coach K Srikkanth who advocated his early inclusion in the senior side. A medium pace bowler capable of achieving quite a bit of movement in helpful conditions, Mohanty's tragedy has perhaps been the fact that the selectors have not known what exactly to do with him or where to fit him in. In English conditions for example Mohanty would be an obvious choice in the playing eleven. And as he proved in the World Cup, the selectors were right in picking him at the last moment, even though he was not in the original list of probables.

In Indian conditions however, given his bowling style, Mohanty is bound to be less successful, except perhaps at centres like Calcutta and Mohali. He had few chances to cement his place on the tour of Australia where Ajit Agarkar was given more opportunities. But there is little doubt that Mohanty will still be required in both Tests and one day internationals as seam support to Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad. In any case, the last has certainly not been heard of him as he is bound to be picked wherever conditions help swing bowling.

Test Debut:India v Sri Lanka at Colombo (SSC), 2nd Test, 1997/98
Latest Test: India v Sri Lanka at Mohali, 1st Test, 1997/98

ODI Debut: India v Pakistan at Toronto, Sahara Cup, 1997
Latest ODI: India v West Indies at Bulawayo, Coca-Cola Cup (Zimbabwe), 2001

Career Statistics:

 (including 19/11/1997)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave     SR 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding    2    1   1     0    0*    -     0.00   0   0    0   0

                       O      M     R    W    Ave   BBI   5 10    SR  Econ
Bowling               71.4   10   239    4  59.75  4-78   0  0 107.5  3.33

 (including 30/06/2001)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave     SR 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding   42   10   5    10    4*   2.00  27.02   0   0   10   0

                      O      M     R    W    Ave   BBI   4w  5w    SR  Econ
Bowling             312.4   20  1553   56  27.73  4-56    1   0  33.5  4.96

 (1996/97 - 2000/01)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding   43   54  19   389   50*  11.11   0   1   22   0

                      O       R    W    Ave   BBI    5  10    SR  Econ
Bowling            1276.4  3331  147  22.65 10-46    9   2  52.1  2.60

 (1996/97 - 2000/01)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding   76   27  15    58    9*   4.83   0   0   17   0

                      O       R    W    Ave   BBI   4w  5w    SR  Econ
Bowling             576.3  2661   99  26.87  5-22    3   1  34.9  4.61


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