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Lakshmipathy Balaji

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast medium
Played for:
India, India A, Indian Board President's XI, India Emerging Team, India Green, India Red, India Seniors, Rest of India, South Zone, Wellington, Kolkata, Punjab, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Roles played:
Bowler
Home country:
India
Born:
September 27, 1981, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Profile

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.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 8 9 51 0 5.66 40.47 0 0 31
ODI 30 16 120 6 12.00 78.94 0 0 21*
T20 5 0 0 - 0.00 0 0
IPL 65 13 35 6 5.00 76.08 0 0 15
CLT20 12 0 0 - 0.00 0 0
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 8 15 1756 1004 27 5/76 / 37.18 3.43 2 1 0 36
ODI 30 30 1447 1344 34 4/48 / 39.52 5.57 1 0 0 84
T20 5 5 96 121 10 3/19 / 12.10 7.56 0 0 0 1
IPL 65 65 1333 1772 66 5/24 / 26.84 7.97 2 1 0 57
CLT20 12 12 246 324 16 4/19 / 20.25 7.90 1 0 0 15
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 1 0 0
ODI 11 0 2
T20 0 0 1
IPL 11 0 3
CLT20 1 0 0

Career

Span:
Test:
2003-2005
 
ODI:
2002-2009
 
T20:
2012-2012
 
IPL:
2008-2014
 
CLT20:
2010-2012
Test
Debut:
India Vs New Zealand at Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera - Ahmedabad - Oct 08, 2003
Last played:
India Vs Pakistan at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Mar 24, 2005
ODI
Debut:
India Vs West Indies at I.P.C.L. Sports Complex Ground, Vadodara (Baroda) - Nov 18, 2002
Last played:
India Vs Sri Lanka at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo - Feb 08, 2009
T20
Debut:
India Vs New Zealand at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai - Sep 11, 2012
Last played:
India Vs South Africa at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo - Oct 02, 2012
IPL
Debut:
Chennai Vs Delhi at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - May 08, 2008
Last played:
Punjab Vs Chennai at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi - Apr 18, 2014
CLT20
Debut:
Chennai Vs Central Stags at Kingsmead, Durban - Sep 11, 2010
Last played:
Kolkata Vs Titans at Newlands, Cape Town - Oct 21, 2012
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