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Sagi Lakshmi Venkatapathy Raju

Post by shanmukhatejavarma.g on Fri Jun 05, 2009 4:19 am

Sagi Lakshmi Venkatapathy Raju
(Born July 9, 1969 in Alamuru)
is an Indian cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a left-arm spin bowler. He was nicknamed 'Mr. Muscles" because of thin frame during his playing days. He was well known for his variations in flight and for his arm ball. Raju was a successor to Maninder Singh in the finger-spinning style. Raju was a member of the Indian spin trio of Kumble-Raju-Chauhan, in the 1990s.
Raju came into the Indian side in 1989-90 after capturing 32 wickets in the domestic season. He made his Test and One Day International debut in the tour of New Zealand. When sent in as a night-watchman in his first Test innings, he batted for more than two hours for 31 runs while six wickets fell at the other end. He was part of the Indian team in England in 1990, but the knuckle of his left hand was broken by Courtney Walsh in the match against Gloucestershire which ended his tour.
Back home in India, he helped India win the one-off Test against Sri Lanka in the only Test match played at the Sector 16 Stadium in Chandigarh. Raju was a last minute selection on a wicket that afforded turn and kept low. On the second day, he ran through the Lankan middle order with a spell for 5 wickets for two runs in 39 balls. He took one more wicket on the next day to finish with 6 for 12 in 17.5 overs, four of the batsmen failed to score. His match figures of 8 for 37 in 53 overs won him the only man of the match award of his international career. [1]
He last played a test match against Australia in Chennai, where he captured the wicket of Mark Waugh. Anil Kumble, on the eve of his 100th Test remarked that Raju was the best Indian spinner among his contemporaries.[citation needed]
He continued playing for Hyderabad for many years, making the final of the 1999-2000 Ranji Trophy. He retired from first-class cricket in December 2004, after a domestic match against Uttar Pradesh.

Present Role

Raju is currently the selector for Indian Cricket Team from south zone.
The upcoming young Indian leg-spinner Pragyan Ojha in an interview told that Raju inspired him to play for India. [2]

Venkatapathy Raju

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Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 28 53
Runs scored 240 32
Batting average 10.00 4.00
100s/50s -/- -/-
Top score 31 8
Balls bowled 7602 2770
Wickets 93 63
Bowling average 30.72 31.96
5 wickets in innings 5 -
10 wickets in match 1 n/a
Best bowling 6/12 4/46
Catches/stumpings 6/- 8/-
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Re: Sagi Lakshmi Venkatapathy Raju

Post by Guest on Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:40 pm

My dad attended his marriage. Was a great cricketer.

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