Hrishikesh Kanitkar

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Hrishikesh Kanitkar
Personal information
Full nameHrishikesh Hemant Kanitkar
Born (1974-11-14) 14 November 1974 (age 44)
Pune, Maharashtra, India
BattingLeft-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm offbreak
RelationsHemant Kanitkar (father)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 224)26 December 1999 v Australia
Last Test2 January 2000 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 109)7 December 1997 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI30 January 2000 v Australia
ODI shirt no.14
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC List A
Matches 2 34 146 128
Runs scored 74 339 10, 400 3,526
Batting average 18.50 17.84 52.26 35.26
100s/50s -/- -/1 33/46 6/21
Top score 45 57 290 133
Balls bowled 6 1006 7753 3476
Wickets - 17 74 70
Bowling average - 47.23 47.91 39.64
5 wickets in innings - - - -
10 wickets in match - n/a n/a n/a
Best bowling - 2/22 3/21 4/35
Catches/stumpings -/- 14/- 85/- 49/-
Source: [1], February 20, 2016

Hrishikesh Hemant Kanitkar About this soundpronunciation  (born 14 November 1974) is a former Indian cricketer, who played tests and ODIs.

He is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm offbreak bowler;[1] when he retired in 2015, he was one of only three batsmen to have scored 8000-plus runs in the Ranji Trophy and also only captain in the Ranji Trophy's history to lift the Elite and Plate league titles.[2][3]

Domestic career[edit]

He made his first-class debut against Sanjay Manjrekar led Mumbai cricket team at Indira Gandhi Stadium, Solapur which was drawn in 1994–95 Ranji Trophy

He scored prolifically for the Maharashtra cricket team in the Ranji Trophy to bring himself into contention for national selection. Although off the international scene for quite some time, Kanitkar joined Brentwood Cricket Club in Essex for the 2006 season. During this season he enjoyed the English conditions, scoring over 1000 runs throughout the season with an average of 76.[4][5]

Kanitkar played for Rajasthan Ranji team as a senior player.[6] In 2010-11 Ranji Trophy season, he captained Rajasthan Team in the Ranji Trophy and led them to their maiden Ranji Trophy triumph after defeating Baroda in the finals.[7]

In December 2012, he became the 27th cricketer to play 100 Ranji Trophy matches.[8][9][10]

In July 2015 Kanitkar announced his retirement from cricket.[11]

International career[edit]

He is best remembered for hitting a four when India required 3 runs to win from 2 balls in the Silver Jubilee Independence Cup final at Dhaka, against Pakistan cricket team in fading light, to complete the Indian victory,[1] he played a few number of ODIs but scored only half-century in the format in his third innings against Australia cricket team in Kochi.

He only had a brief international test career by playing in two Tests in 1999/00 both against Australian cricket team at Melbourne and Sydney, he scored 11 and 45 on boxing day Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground as Indian cricket team lost by 180 runs. In his second Test, Kanitkar score 10 and 8 as India was defeated by an innings and 141 runs and Kanitkar never played Test match again.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2011, Kanitkar was appointed as assistant coach of Kochi Tuskers Kerala but walked out of the contract even before the IPL season began; this was due to disputes with the owners.

Kanitkar was named as head coach of Goa cricket team for 2015–16 Ranji Trophy season with one-year contract.[12]

He was appointed as assistant coach for Vizag Victors

Personal life[edit]

He is son of former Indian wicket-keeper Hemant Kanitkar who played in two Tests in 1974.

International awards[edit]

One Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

No. Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Zimbabwe Reliance Stadium, Vadodara 5 April 1998 35 (31 balls: 2x4, 1x6); 7-0-37-2, 1 ct.  India won by 13 runs.[13]


  1. ^ a b Hrishikesh Kanitkar on Cricinfo
  2. ^ Peshwas and Puneri snacks
  3. ^ India 'A' - a slow day on a slow pitch
  4. ^ Rookies come to the party
  5. ^ Madhya Pradesh welcome back ICL returnees
  6. ^ Ranji Trophy Guest Players Archived 4 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Dream comes true for Kanitkar". Times Of India. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  8. ^ Yes, but is he lucky
  9. ^ Kanitkar 'humbled' to be in final again
  10. ^ A triumph to savour for Kanitkar
  11. ^ "Hrishikesh Kanitkar retires from cricket". ESPNcricinfo. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  12. ^ Kanitkar joins Goa as coach
  13. ^ "1997-1998 Pepsi Triangular Series - 3rd Match - India v Zimbabwe - Vadodara".