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Ramesh Powar

Ramesh Powar
Personal information
Born (1978-05-20) 20 May 1978 (age 46)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm off spin
RelationsKiran Powar (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 257)18 May 2004 v Bangladesh
Last Test25 May 2007 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 155)16 March 2004 v Pakistan
Last ODI2 October 2007 v Australia
ODI shirt no.32
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1999–2013Mumbai
2013–2014Rajasthan
2014–2015Gujarat
2008–2010, 2012Kings XI Punjab
2011Kochi Tuskers Kerala
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 2 31 148 113
Runs scored 13 163 4,245 1,081
Batting average 6.50 11.64 26.53 17.15
100s/50s 0/0 0/1 7/17 0/4
Top score 7 54 131 80
Balls bowled 252 1,536 29,158 5,557
Wickets 6 34 470 142
Bowling average 19.66 35.02 31.31 30.92
5 wickets in innings 0 0 27 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 4 0
Best bowling 3/33 3/24 7/44 5/53
Catches/stumpings 0/– 3/– 58/– 25/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 26 March 2024

Ramesh Rajaram Powar pronunciation (born 20 May 1978) is an Indian former cricketer who played 2 Tests and 31 One Day Internationals for his country between 2004 and 2007. After retiring from playing he has served as the head coach of the India women's national cricket team.

Cricket career

Playing

Powar was selected in 2000 for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.[1]

Powar was a consistent performer in domestic cricket for many seasons and was crucial to Mumbai cricket team's Ranji Trophy success in the 2002–03 season. Powar played first-class cricket for 16 years[2]

Powar played for Sefton Park in the Liverpool and District Cricket Competition, signed as a late replacement for the injured Vinayak Mane in July 2005. He scored 325 league runs at 32.5 in ten games and took 25 wickets at 21 apiece.[3]

He was first selected in the Indian squad for their tour of Pakistan. He did not return to the ODI side again until early 2006. His recall came on the back of 63 domestic wickets for 2005–06. It was the second season in a row that he had taken over 50 wickets.[4]

However, in January 2007, he was dropped from the squad because of injury and Anil Kumble returned as the second spinner in the lead up to the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

In May 2008, he made his IPL debut for the Kings XI Punjab and picked up a wicket in the very first over he bowled. He represented Kings XI Punjab in the first three seasons of the IPL. He represented the defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala franchise in the IPL in 2011. He returned to Kings XI Punjab in 2012, but featured in just one match.[5]

In 2013, after representing Mumbai cricket team for 14 first-class seasons he shifted to Rajasthan cricket team where he had a poor season. He took 10 wickets at 62.20 from six matches. But in 2014, Powar became the first player of Rajasthan cricket team to move out as Rajasthan Cricket Association was suspended by BCCI. He joined Gujarat cricket team for next season.[6]

In November 2015, Powar announced that he would retire from all forms of cricket following the conclusion of the 2015–16 Ranji Trophy.[7]

Coaching

In July 2018, he was appointed as the head coach of India women's cricket team on an interim basis to oversee the training camp held in Bengaluru from 25 July to 3 August. A month later his term in charge was extended to the end of November this included a tour to Sri Lanka, a bilateral series in the West Indies in October followed by the 2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20.[8]

During the 2018 World Twenty20, Powar got into a dispute with batter Mithali Raj, and as a consequence of that she was not allowed to play in the semi-final. Many fans of the Indian team cited this incident as the reason for the team's poor showing at the World Cup.[9] The BCCI chose not to extend his contract after the tournament although leading players Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana requested he stay on.[10]

In February 2021, he was appointed as Mumbai team's head coach for the Vijay Hazare Trophy.[11][12]

Powar was selected as the head coach of the Indian women's cricket team in May 2021 succeeding Woorkeri Raman.[13] He left the position in December 2022 as the BCCI switched him to working at the National Cricket Academy as a spin bowling coach.[14]

Personal life

He is an alumnus of Ruparel College of Science, Commerce and Arts in Matunga, Mumbai. His brother Kiran Powar also played cricket for Mumbai and coached the under-19s of Vidarbha cricket team.[15]

References

  1. ^ Ramchand, Partab (15 April 2000). "First list of NCA trainees". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 March 2024.
  2. ^ Veera, Sriram (10 December 2016). "The art of bowling spin at Wankhede". Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Sefton Park CC – Site". 9 December 2013. Archived from the original on 9 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  4. ^ "First-class bowling in each season by Ramesh Powar". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 March 2024.
  5. ^ "Indian Premier League matches played by Ramesh Powar (27)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 March 2024.
  6. ^ Ramesh Powar signs for Gujarat
  7. ^ "Ramesh Powar to retire after 2015–16 Ranji Trophy". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  8. ^ Ghosh, Annesha (14 August 2018). "Powar to continue as Indian women's coach till World T20". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 March 2024.
  9. ^ "Mithali Raj-Ramesh Powar feud latest in player-coach battles in Indian cricket". Hindustan Times. 30 November 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2024.
  10. ^ Gollapudi, Nagraj (3 December 2018). "Harmanpreet, Mandhana urge BCCI to keep Powar as coach". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 March 2024.
  11. ^ "Mumbai gets new coach in Ramesh Powar ahead of Vijay Hazare Trophy". Hindustan Times. 9 February 2021. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  12. ^ Gaurav Gupta (9 February 2021). "CIC has its way: Ramesh Powar is new Mumbai coach | Cricket News". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Ramesh Powar appointed Head Coach of Indian Women's Cricket team". BCCI. 13 May 2021. Retrieved 26 March 2024.
  14. ^ "Ramesh Powar to move away from India women's head coach role". ESPNcricinfo. 6 December 2022. Retrieved 26 March 2024.
  15. ^ "Vijay Telang appointed Vidarbha coach". ESPNcricinfo. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2024.


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