Vivek Razdan: 11 facts about the pacer who took a five-for and never played Tests again

Vivek Razdan, born August 25, 1969, is a former Indian cricketer, a medium-pace bowler and a handy lower-order batsman. On his 45th birthday, Suraj Choudhari lists 11 facts about Razdan.


1.  Kashmir

Vivek Razdan is the first player with origins from Jammu & Kashmir to play cricket for India.



2.  MRF Pace Foundation

Razadan was one of the first trainess in the prestigious MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai to come under the tutelage of Dennis Lillee and TA Sekhar.


3.  Test debut

Razdan’s prowess with the ball was spotted very early and he was included in the Indian squad for the 1989 Test series against Pakistan after playing just couple of First-Class games.


4.  Five-wicket haul

Razdan arrived with a bang when he decimated the Pakistani line-up with his spell of five for 79 in the fourth Test at Sialkot. It was his second Test.  Incredibly, he was never picked to play another Test.


5.  Debut with Sachin Tendulkar

Incidentally, Razdan and Tendulkar made their respective Test debuts in the 1989 Test series against Pakistan. In fact, Razdan, Tendulkar and Salil Ankola all made their One-Day International (ODI) debuts together against Pakistan on December 18, 1989 at Gujranwala.



6.  ODI appearances

He played a total of three ODIs and took just one wicket.


7.  Delhi and Tamil Nadu

Razdan played for Tamil Nadu and Delhi in the Indian domestic circuit.



8.  Key role for Delhi

In the 1991-92 season of the Ranji Trophy, Razdan played a key role in Delhi’s domination over others. He played some scintillating knocks in the tournament and in the final match he slammed 93 runs against Tamil Nadu. He also had 23 wickets in the entire tournament to his name to evolve as the protagonists in Delhi’s victory.


9.  Handy batsman

Razdan was quite a useful batsman lower down the order. He has two First-Class hundreds to his credit and a career First-Class average of 25.00.


10.  Commentator

After his short stint with international cricket, Razdan tried his hand at commentary and is a regular member at the commentary box.


11.  Coach

Post-retirement, Razdan became a cricket coach in Delhi and have nurtured and trained many budding talents.


(Suraj Choudhari, an avid cricket follower who plays the sport at club level, is a staffer with Criclife)