Ajit Pai

Cricket Player

1945 –


Who is Ajit Pai?

Ajit Manohar Pai is a former Indian cricketer who played in one Test in 1969.

An opening bowler and useful lower-order batsman, Pai made his debut for Bombay in the Ranji Trophy in the 1968-69 season. After taking 11 wickets in his first three first-class matches he was selected to represent West Zone in the Duleep Trophy. He helped each team to the championship and finished the season with 129 runs at an average of 25.80 and 23 wickets at 23.21.

In September 1969 he took 7 for 42 for West Zone against Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy and was selected to open the bowling for India in the First Test against New Zealand later that month. He took two wickets and India won, but for the Second Test the selectors decided to use the all-rounders Rusi Surti and Syed Abid Ali to open the bowling and strengthened the spin attack with Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan. Again he helped West Zone and Bombay win their respective championships in 1969-70.

He did not play any further matches in the Duleep Trophy, but in 1970-71 he had an outstanding match for Bombay against Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy. Batting at number seven, he made 91 out of a Bombay total of 265, then took 5 for 22 and 6 for 30 to take Bombay to victory by an innings and 82 runs. Once again he played in the Bombay side that won the Ranji Trophy.

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Apr 28, 1945
  • India

on July 23, 2013


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