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Lakshmipathy Balaji

Lakshmipathy Balaji

Age 42IndiaINDIA
Right-arm fast medium Bowler

This lanky medium-fast bowler from Chennai had a forgettable debut when he was hammered with 44 runs in just 4 overs in the home Test series against New Zealand in 2003.

Lakshmipathy Balaji emerged as one of India’s fastest bowlers during the tour of Pakistan in 2003-04, where he managed a then career best of 4 for 63. His ability to swing the ball away, coupled with his unusual batting style and a smile wider than anyone else’s, made him a favourite among the crowds. His career took a back seat when he was hit by a threatening injury in 2005. Balaji made a roaring comeback after a successful surgery and performed brilliantly in the first season of the IPL in 2008, where he scalped 11 wickets for Chennai, along with the first hat trick of the Indian T20 League. He was also instrumental in taking Tamil Nadu through to the semi-final of the Ranji Trophy with 36 wickets at 17.50 that marked his return to domestic cricket.

In 2009, Balaji was recalled into the ODI team for the series in Sri Lanka since his debut in 2002, as a replacement for injured Munaf Patel and was also included in the Test squad for the New Zealand tour. His quick-arm bowling action has been difficult to tackle for most batsmen. Bouncers, yorkers, everything came out of his bag without a noticeable change in action. His tendency to bowl wide from the crease made the batsmen believe that the ball was coming in, when it actually swung away.

Balaji represented Chennai for the first three seasons of the Indian T20 League, but in 2011 he was signed by Kolkata. He had a satisfying season with the franchise in 2012 and that quickly earned him a place in the Indian T20I squad for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. He played his last international for India in the tournament. In the 2014 auction, Balaji was purchased by Mohali, the third franchise he represented in the Indian T20 League.

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Lakshmipathy Balaji Statistics

Debut
India vs West Indies on Nov 18, 2002
Last
India vs Sri Lanka on Feb 08, 2009
Debut
India vs New Zealand on Oct 08, 2003
Last
India vs Pakistan on Mar 24, 2005
Debut
India vs New Zealand on Sep 11, 2012
Last
India vs South Africa on Oct 02, 2012
Debut
Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals on May 08, 2008
Last
Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders on Jun 01, 2014

Lakshmipathy Balaji Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
301200012.0078.94
Highest Runs21
Balls Faced12
On DateMar 19, 04
AgainstPakistanPAK

Lakshmipathy Balaji Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
30241.13439.5242.555.57
Wickets Taken4
Runs48
On DateJan 18, 04
AgainstAustraliaAUS

Lakshmipathy Balaji Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
1102
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Lakshmipathy Balaji Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
851005.6640.47
Highest Runs31
Balls Faced36
On DateMar 08, 05
AgainstPakistanPAK

Lakshmipathy Balaji Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
8292.42737.1865.033.43
Wickets Taken5
Runs76
On DateMar 08, 05
AgainstPakistanPAK

Lakshmipathy Balaji Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
100
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Lakshmipathy Balaji Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
5000--
Highest Runs
Balls Faced0
On DateSep 19, 12
AgainstAfghanistanAFG

Lakshmipathy Balaji Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
5161012.109.607.56
Wickets Taken3
Runs19
On DateSep 19, 12
AgainstAfghanistanAFG

Lakshmipathy Balaji Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
001
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Lakshmipathy Balaji Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
7336004.5073.46
Highest Runs15
Balls Faced10
On DateMar 14, 10
AgainstDeccan ChargersDCH

Lakshmipathy Balaji Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
73252.17626.6819.908.04
Wickets Taken5
Runs24
On DateMay 10, 08
AgainstPunjab KingsPBKS

Lakshmipathy Balaji Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
1103
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average
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