Sadagoppan Ramesh


Sadagoppan Ramesh

Born: 16 October 1975, Madras (now Chennai)
Major Teams: Tamil Nadu, India.
Known As: Sadagoppan Ramesh
Batting Style: Left Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Off Break


He made the grade after coming through the ranks. A string of notable performances with the India A team, culminating in a brilliant century against West Indies A pitch forked Sadagopan Ramesh into the national senior side. India A coach K Srikkanth strongly advocated his inclusion and the selectors, searching around for suitable opening batsmen, decided to give the left hander from Tamil Nadu the big break in his hometown of Chennai against Pakistan in 1999. Displaying two qualities that should be uppermost in any opening batsman - courage and big match temperament Ramesh was an instant success. He played the pace of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akthar and the spin of Saqlain Mushtaq and Mushtaq Ahmed with equal felicity, ran up a series of consistent scores including a couple of hundreds and suddenly India had unearthed a world class opening batsman.

But even as he ran up a Test average of 50 plus in his first half a dozen Tests, there were the cynics who pointed out to his faulty footwork and awry technique. Then there were the detractors who said he would never get runs away from the sub continent and he would come up a cropper against the Australian pace bowlers on the faster and bouncier pitches `Down Under.' Taking up the challenge, Ramesh proved that he could get runs in any conditions and while he did not exactly set the Yarra river on fire, he did enough to show that he is here to stay. He and Shiv Sundar Das have the makings of a long term opening pair for the country.

Test Debut: India v Pakistan at Chennai, 1st Test, 1998/99
Latest Test: India v Australia at Chennai, 3rd Test, 2000/01

ODI Debut: India v Sri Lanka at Pune, Pepsi Cup, 1998/99
Latest ODI: India v South Africa at Nairobi, LG Cup, 1999/00

Career Statistics:

 (including 18/03/2001)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave     SR 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding   15   29   1  1125  143   40.17  50.11   2   7   12   0

                       O      M     R    W    Ave   BBI   5 10    SR  Econ
Bowling                4      0    19    0    -     -     0  0    -   4.75

 (including 03/10/1999)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave     SR 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding   24   24   1   646   82   28.08  59.15   0   6    3   0

                       O      M     R    W    Ave   BBI  4w 5w    SR  Econ
Bowling                6      0    38    1  38.00  1-23   0  0  36.0  6.33

 (1995/96 - 2000/01)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding   62  103   5  4512  187   46.04  12  23   48   0

                      O       R    W    Ave   BBI    5  10    SR  Econ
Bowling              36.4   129    1 129.00  1-28    0   0 220.0  3.51

 (1995/96 - 2000/01)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding   65   64   4  1913  105   31.88   2  13   20   0

                      O       R    W    Ave   BBI   4w  5w    SR  Econ
Bowling              21.1   101   10  10.10  5-31    0   1  12.7  4.77


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