Sanjeev Sharma: Six things about the medium-pacer who played fleeting for India

Sanjeev Kumar Sharma, born on August 25, 1965, was a medium-pacer who represented India in just two Tests and picked up six wickets. He also played 23 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and scalped 22 wickets. Ankit Banerjee has more.

1.  Polishing off tail

Sanjeev Sharma polished off the tail on his Test debut against New Zealand in 1988-89 to finish with three for 37.

2.  Two decades

Sanjeev Sharma may not have played many matches for India. But he played in the domestic circuit for 20 years. He made his First-Class debut for Delhi in the year 1983-84 and ended his long career with 235 wickets.

3.  Academy

He is currently the head coach in his own academy named ‘Sanjeev Sharma Cricket Academy’ at Hari Nagar, New Delhi. He is also the coach of Ranji Trophy team of Delhi.

4.  Raman Lamba

When Raman Lamba was in his death bed in hospital, Sanjeev Sharma was there beside him trying to call Manoj Prabhakar.

5.  Fifer

He ran riot with the ball in a 1988 ODI at Sharjah when he picked up five for 26 against West Indies.

6.  Mentoring biggies

As coach of Delhi Ranji team, he has groomed the likes of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma, Virat Kohli, Amit Mishra and Unmukt Chand.

(A cricket geek to the tee, Ankit Banerjee smokes and snorts it all day long. The romance with the sport incepted since the 1996 World Cup semi-final. He is a winner of the 2011 edition of the All-India college cricket quiz.)