Picture of Ramesh Powar

Ramesh Powar

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
India, Elite Group B, India A, India B, India Blue, Indian Board President's XI, Indian Inv XI, India Red, Rest of India, West Zone, Punjab, Mumbai, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Kochi
Roles played:
Home country:
May 20, 1978, Mumbai,Maharashtra


Ramesh Powar is an off spin bowler and lower order batsman affiliated with both, the Mumbai Ranji team as well as the Indian national team. He is known for his stocky built, great spirit and his brave heart while playing the game.

Powar was selected to the Indian team on the back of solid performances in the domestic circuit for his Ranji side, Mumbai. In the 2002/03 season, he was instrumental in Mumbai’s success with his flighted off spinners. But what was even more commendable was his contribution with the bat. He went on to score 418 runs in the season at an average of 46, emerging as the second highest scorer in the team. On all the occasions when he came out to bat, he batted no earlier than number 7. Additionally, most of the situations he batted in were ones where the team was in trouble. His exploits in domestic cricket did not go unnoticed and it led to a call-up to the Indian team for the tour of Pakistan. Here as well, he plied his trade effectively and tossed up deliveries even on flat batting tracks. He seemed at ease while facing the likes of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif as well. After a stint out of the team, he returned in 2006. This time though, he came prepared with a new delivery – ‘the drifter’ which helped him to 63 domestic wickets in the 2005/06 domestic season. He was not very successful in Test matches and played only two matches, picking up six wickets in the process.

Powar was a nonchalant and entertaining character who would be seen on the cricket field with his trademark orange sunshades, chasing balls. He lost his place in the Indian side through injury and the emergence of younger bowlers like Pragyan Ojha and Piyush Chawla did not help his cause. He played his last ODI for India in an 84-run loss against Australia in 2007. However, he continued to play domestic cricket for India, and also represented the newly formed IPL team, the now defunct Kochi in the 2011 IPL, after having played for the Punjab in the earlier editions. Powar was once again picked by his former franchise for the fifth edition of the IPL in 2012.

Fast Facts

  • Despite being a primary bowler, Ramesh Powar has seven first-class centuries and sixteen half-centuries to his name.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 2 2 13 0 6.50 72.22 0 0 7
ODI 31 19 163 5 11.64 62.69 0 1 54
IPL 27 10 67 7 22.33 104.68 0 0 28*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 2 4 252 118 6 3/33 / 19.66 2.80 0 0 0 2
ODI 31 29 1536 1191 34 3/24 / 35.02 4.65 0 0 0 27
IPL 27 26 426 527 13 2/11 / 40.53 7.42 0 0 0 18
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
ODI 3 0 1
IPL 5 0 0


India Vs Bangladesh at Chittagong Divisional Stadium, Chittagong - May 18, 2007
Last played:
India Vs Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka - May 25, 2007
India Vs Pakistan at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi - Mar 16, 2004
Last played:
India Vs Australia at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi - Oct 02, 2007
Punjab Vs Delhi at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - May 17, 2008
Last played:
Punjab Vs Hyderabad at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad - May 08, 2012