Lakshmipathy Balaji is a former Indian medium-pacer who and has featured across all three formats of the game. Balaji started playing cricket in the Ranji Trophy in 2001 for Tamil Nadu and that caught the attention of the selectors. He finally got an opportunity to play for the national side in 2002, and played a pivotal role when India won the bilateral series to Pakistan in Pakistan. Interestingly, Balaji was one of the rare few Indian players to have played first-class cricket in New Zealand for the Wellington Firebirds.
Balaji was first introduced in the One-Day International (ODI) against West Indies, where he conceded 44 runs in four overs. It was followed by a few more poor performances in the home Test series versus New Zealand. However, consistent performances in the triangular series versus Australia in 2003-04, and Pakistan to follow was where he displayed his best.
Born: September 27, 1981
Lashimpathy Balaji Age: 39 Years
Role: Right Arm Fast, Right Handed Batsman
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Lakshmipathy Balaji Wife: Priya Thalur
Test: October 8, 2003 versus New Zealand
ODI: November 18, 2002 versus West Indies
T20I: September 11, 2012 versus New Zealand
India, Chennai Super Kings, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, TUTI Patriots
Tests- Lakshmipathy Balaji had featured in just eight games and had 27 wickets to his name.
ODI- Balaji had made 30 appearances for the ‘Men in Blue’ and had 34 wickets under his belt.
T2OI- From the five T20 Internationals for India, Balaji bagged 10 wickets under his belt.
IPL- Balji has been a part of 73 IPL games and had taken 76 wickets in the process.
Balaji was the first-ever bowler to get a hat-trick in the IPL (2008), while playing for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).
Balaji also went onto become the bowling mentor of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at one point.
Balaji was one of those rare Indian players to have played first-class cricket in New Zealand for the Wellington Firebirds.
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