Picture of Venugopal Rao

Venugopal Rao

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
India, Elite Group A, India A, Indian Board President's XI, Indian Inv XI, India Red, India Seniors, Rest of India, South Zone, West Zone, Delhi, Hyderabad, India Under-19, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra, Maharashtra, Hyderabad
Roles played:
Batsman
Home country:
India
Born:
February 26, 1982, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Profile

His bat was known as the magic wand as whatever it stroke it yielded runs, runs and more runs. Venugopal Rao made his first-class debut at the age of 17 representing Andhra Pradesh. He has also captained India A and the Board President XI’s in the past. He was the first “super sub” in ODI cricket, a concept that is now outdated.

Two days before his 22nd birthday, Rao shot into national contention with an unbeaten 228 for South Zone to help them chase down England A's target of 501, the fourth-highest successful first-class chase. He has been a part of the Indian squad during the U-19 World Cup in 2002. His performance in the domestic season earned him a place in the national squad in 2005, but he failed to make any impact. Rao was the only star to have shone in the Hyderabad camp in the inaugural Indian T20 league of 2008 where he notched up 365 runs in 14 innings at a strike rate of 124.57. In 2011, he was signed by Delhi. In 2014, he will once again play for Hyderabad edition after he was picked up by them during the 2014 auction for 55 lakhs.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
ODI 16 11 218 2 24.22 60.05 0 1 61*
IPL 59 50 930 9 22.68 118.47 0 3 71*
CLT20 2 2 52 0 26.00 167.74 0 0 30
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
IPL 59 18 204 321 6 2/23 / 53.50 9.44 0 0 0 6
CLT20 2 1 6 9 0 0/9 / - 9.00 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
ODI 6 0 0
IPL 11 0 2
CLT20 1 0 0

Career

Span:
ODI:
2005-2006
 
IPL:
2008-2014
 
CLT20:
2009-2009
ODI
Debut:
India Vs Sri Lanka at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Rangiri - Jul 30, 2005
Last played:
India Vs West Indies at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts - May 23, 2006
IPL
Debut:
Hyderabad Vs Kolkata at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Calcutta) - Apr 20, 2008
Last played:
Hyderabad Vs Rajasthan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi - Apr 18, 2014
CLT20
Debut:
Hyderabad Vs Somerset at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad - Oct 10, 2009
Last played:
Hyderabad Vs Trinidad and Tobago at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad - Oct 14, 2009
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