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Indian cricketers in County Championship: Career Statistics

Sourav Ganguly played for Lancashire in the County Championship in the year 2000 © Getty Images
Sourav Ganguly played for Lancashire in the County Championship in the year 2000 © Getty Images

Among 331 players who represented India in International cricket, 33 have appeared in England’s County Championship for various teams. Bharath Seervi lists those players along with their career statistics in the County Championship.

With the late advent of Durham, County Championship has involved 18 teams consisting of players across all the cricketing countries. Over the years since India played its first test match in 1932 there have been Indian players who played in the County Championship. Many of them had a short career of two or three seasons (barring a few exceptions).

Most of the Indians played for a single county (though some of them have played for more as well). The tables below list the players who played International cricket for India as well as County Championship. The list is sorted in the order of the period from earliest to oldest.

List of Indian Cricketers who played in County Championship:

Player Teams Matches Period
Nawab of Pataudi sr Worcestershire 33 1932-1938
Abdul Hafeez Kardar Warwickshire 39 1949-1950
Nawab of Pataudi jr Sussex 82 1957-1970
Abbas Ali Baig Somerset 23 1960-1962
Farokh Engineer Lancashire 164 1968-1976
Bishan Bedi Northamptonshire 102 1972-1977
Srinivas Venkataraghavan Derbyshire 40 1973-1975
Dilip Doshi Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire 73 1977-1981
Sunil Gavaskar Somerset 15 1980
Kapil Dev Northamptonshire, Worcestershire 40 1981-1985
Ravi Shastri Glamorgan 60 1987-1991
Mohammad Azharuddin Derbyshire 30 1991-1994
Sachin Tendulkar Yorkshire 16 1992
Javagal Srinath Gloucestershire, Leicestershire 23 1995-2003
Anil Kumble Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Surrey 32 1995-2006
Manoj Prabhakar Durham 17 1995
Rahul Dravid Kent 16 2000
Sourav Ganguly Glamorgan, Lancashire, Northamptonshire 21 2000-2006
Mohammad Kaif Derbyshire, Leicestershire 9 2002-2003
Virender Sehwag Leicestershire 6 2003
Yuvraj Singh Yorkshire 8 2003
Ajit Agarkar Middlesex 3 2004
Dinesh Mongia Lancashire, Leicestershire 26 2004-2006
Zaheer Khan Surrey, Worcestershire 17 2004-2006
Irfan Pathan Middlesex 3 2005
Murali Karthik Middlesex, Lancashire, Somerset, Surrey 60 2005-2012
Harbhajan Singh Essex, Lancashire, Surrey 15 2005-2012
RP Singh Leicestershire 2 2007
VVS Laxman Lancashire 18 2007-2009
S Sreesanth Warwickshire 5 2009
Piyush Chawla Somerset, Sussex 10 2009-2013
Pragyan Ojha Surrey 4 2011
Gautam Gambhir Essex 5 2013

-    Murali Kartik has represented the most number of county teams: Middlesex, Lancashire, Somerset and Surrey.
-    Farokh Engineer has played the most matches in County cricket. He played 164 matches, all for Lancashire, from 1968 to 1976. Bishan Bedi is the only other Indian to have appeared in over 100 County Championship matches (102).

County Championship career statistics of Indian Cricketers:

Batting:

Player Matches Innings Not-outs Runs Average 50s 100s HS
Farokh Engineer 164 249 36 5549 26.05 22 4 141
Ravi Shastri 60 95 16 3296 41.72 19 6 157
MAK Pataudi 82 142 13 2874 22.27 14 1 101
Mohammad Azharuddin 29 52 4 2485 51.77 10 8 212
Nawab of Pataudi Sr 33 56 6 2380 47.6 10 6 231*
Kapil Dev 40 64 10 2312 42.81 14 4 120
Dinesh Mongia 26 41 4 1754 47.4 8 5 165
Murali Karthik 60 82 22 1356 22.6 6 0 65*
VVS Laxman 16 24 4 1237 61.85 6 6 135
Abdul Kardar 39 59 7 1198 23.03 3 1 112
Abbas Ali Baig 23 42 4 1154 30.36 7 0 99
Sourav Ganguly 21 33 2 1101 35.51 9 1 142
Sachin Tendulkar 16 25 2 1070 46.52 7 1 100
Rahul Dravid 16 24 3 1039 49.47 8 1 137
Bishan Bedi 102 116 32 935 11.13 1 0 61
Manoj Prabhakar 17 31 3 896 32 5 1 101
Srinivas Venkataraghavan 40 64 16 812 16.91 1 0 51
Sunil Gavaskar 14 22 2 664 33.2 2 2 155*
Anil Kumble 32 39 6 516 15.63 1 0 56
Virender Sehwag 6 10 0 478 47.8 1 2 137
Piyush Chawla 10 16 3 437 33.61 0 2 112
Javagal Srinath 23 36 7 436 15.03 1 0 52
Mohammad Kaif 9 17 0 388 22.82 1 0 87
Dilip Doshi 73 81 28 341 6.43 0 0 35
Harbhajan Singh 15 15 3 264 22 1 0 84
Gautam Gambhir 5 7 0 239 34.14 0 1 106
Zaheer Khan 17 22 7 163 10.86 0 0 30*
Yuvraj Singh 7 12 2 145 14.5 1 0 56
Irfan Pathan 3 4 2 126 63 1 0 68
Sreesanth 5 7 2 74 14.8 0 0 30*
RP Singh 2 4 0 28 7 0 0 25
Ajit Agarkar 3 4 2 27 13.5 0 0 22
Pragyan Ojha 4 5 3 12 6 0 0 5*

-    Farokh Engineer has scored the most runs (5,549 in164 matches at 26.05 ) among all Indian cricketers.
-    Mohammad Azharuddin has the best batting average (51.77) among players who played 20 or more matches.
-    Mohammad Azharuddin (eight) has scored the most centuries, while the most half centuries have been scored by Farokh Engineer (22).
-    Nawab of Pataudi Sr has the highest individual score (231 not out). The only other double centurion is Azharuddin.

Bowling & Fielding:

Player Matches Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Average 5WI BBI C
Bishan Bedi 102 3595.3 1180 8340 394 21.16 23 7-34 31
Dilip Doshi 73 2888 783 7891 246 32.07 8 6-67 13
Murali Karthik 60 2144.3 555 5439 220 24.72 13 6-21 50
Anil Kumble 32 1538.1 431 3694 169 21.85 12 8-100 18
Srinivas Venkataraghavan 40 1483.2 324 4257 154 27.64 9 7-100 42
Javagal Srinath 23 832 200 2448 123 19.9 7 9-76 8
Kapil Dev 40 998 261 2729 103 26.49 2 5-30 40
Abdul Kardar 39 1312 459 2743 103 26.63 5 5-25 29
Ravi Shastri 60 1282.4 333 3172 90 35.24 3 7-49 31
Zaheer Khan 17 645.2 134 2369 79 29.98 5 9-138 4
Harbhajan Singh 15 647.5 163 1634 70 23.34 4 6-36 15
Piyush Chawla 10 464.3 85 1434 53 27.05 6 6-52 3
Manoj Prabhakar 17 579.1 163 1439 51 28.21 1 7-65 9
Dinesh Mongia 26 281.5 69 759 18 42.16 0 2-8 9
Sreesanth 5 109.3 21 418 13 32.15 1 5-93 3
Ajit Agarkar 3 93.3 20 323 10 32.3 1 5-81 2
Sourav Ganguly 21 157.4 23 571 9 63.44 0 3-68 12
RP Singh 2 60.4 14 250 8 31.25 0 3-62 2
Irfan Pathan 3 89 13 324 5 64.8 0 4-81 1
Sachin Tendulkar 16 62.3 10 195 4 48.75 0 2-35 10
Rahul Dravid 16 53.5 11 128 4 32 0 2-16 13
Pragyan Ojha 4 150.4 52 311 4 12.95 1 6-8 0
Mohammad Azharuddin 29 71.4 9 257 3 85.66 0 1-35 28
Yuvraj Singh 7 34.3 5 130 3 43.33 0 1-8 12
Nawab of Pataudi Sr 33 54 2 239 2 119.5 0 1-19 20
VVS Laxman 16 18 5 41 1 41 0 1-13 22
Mohammad Kaif 9 11.2 1 64 1 64 0 1-21 5
Abbas Ali Baig 23 13 5 22 1 22 0 1-1 13
Virender Sehwag 6 34.2 4 153 0 0 0 0 4
Sunil Gavaskar 14 14.2 2 69 0 0 0 0 5
MAK Pataudi 82 9.5 2 43 0 0 0 0 60
Farokh Engineer 164 4 1 10 0 0 0 0 406
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Gautam Gambhir 5 - - - - - - - 4

- Bishan Bedi has the most wickets (394) among Indian cricketers. Dilip Doshi (246) and Murali Kartik (220) are the others with 200+ wickets in county cricket.
- Bishan Bedi also has most five-wicket hauls (23) among all Indians.
- Javagal Srinath has the best bowling average among the players who played at least 20 county matches – 19.9.
- Best bowling figures in an innings is nine for 76 by Javagal Srinath. Zaheer Khan is the other bowler to have taken a 9-wicket haul in county (nine for 138).

Note: Players from Indian origin who played in County Championship but not for India are not included in the list of players above. For example: Players like Kumar Ranjitsinhji and Duleepsinhji are not included.

Read more: Indians in County cricket

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs atwww.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)

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