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Venugopal Rao
Venugopal Rao

Batting Style: Right Handed

DOB: 26th Feb 1982

Bowling Style: Off break

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Career Stats
Batting & Fielding
Format Mat Inns NO Runs Avge HS BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct st
Tests 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ODIs 16 11 2 218 24.22 61* 363 60.06 0 1 16 3 6 0
T20is 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First Class 121 192 19 7081 40.93 228* 14508 48.81 17 30 886 36 89 0
List A 137 122 16 4108 38.75 115* 5353 76.74 11 25 392 35 45 0
T20s 83 71 12 1390 23.56 71* 1142 121.72 0 7 107 50 17 0
Bowling
Format Mat Inns Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Avge Eco SR BBI 4w 5w 10
Tests 0 0 0 - 0 0 0
ODIs 16 0 0 - 0 0 0
T20is 0 0 0 - 0 0 0
First Class 121 103 5232 181 2452 66 37.15 2.81 79.27 4/34 5 0 0
List A 137 79 3043 12 2477 53 46.74 4.88 57.42 5/20 0 1 0
T20s 83 25 306 0 448 8 56 8.78 38.25 2/23 0 0 0
Profile

An elegant middle-order batsman, Venugopal Rao's greatest achievement came in first-class cricket, when he scored an unbeaten 228 for South Zone in the fourth innings while chasing England A's seemingly unconquerable 501. That came two days before his 22nd birthday, shooting him into national contention. However, he hasn't managed to quite meet those peaks since then, and hasn't played an international match since 2006. The right-handed batsman, who modelled himself along the likes of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, and can bowl a fairly troublesome right-arm off-break, made his one-day debut against Sri Lanka at Dambulla in 2005. He went on to play 16 matches for the national team but failed to seal a spot, managing only one half-century in a loss against Pakistan. Rao has had a fairly successful domestic career though, and is closing in on a 100 first class matches and 6000 runs, including 13 centuries. He has also skippered the India A side against the A sides of Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan in 2006. His domestic side is Andhra Pradesh and he was included in the Deccan Chargers team for the first three seasons of the IPL, and enjoyed some success with them too. In the 2011 player auctions, he was bought by Delhi Daredevils for a hefty US$ 700,000.

Last Updated:4th Dec 2015 Author:Manoj Narayan
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