|Nickname(s)||Nanu Facebook - Chetan Sharma|
|Profession||• Cricketer (Bowler)
• Cricket Commentator
• Chief selector
|Famous for||Hattrick in 1987 World Cup|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Facebook - Chetan Sharma Height||in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms-65 kg
in pounds- 143 lbs
|International Debut||ODI- 7 December 1983 against West Indies at Keenan Stadium, Jamshedpur, India
Test- 17 October 1984 against Pakistan at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan
|Last Match||ODI- 11 November 1994 against West Indies at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, India
Test- 28 April 1989 against West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
He played 23 matches in which he scored 396 runs in 27 innings with an average of 22.00; his highest score was 54. He scored only 1 half century, and he hit 32 fours and 1 sixes. He remained not out for 9 times, and he has 2 ducks to his name.
He played 65 matches in which he scored 456 runs in 35 innings with an average of 24.00 and strike rate of 90.48; his highest score was 101 runs not out. He scored only 1 century, and he hit 31 fours and 4 sixes. He faced 504 balls. He remained not out for 16 times, and he has 3 ducks to his name.
He played 23 matches in which he took 61 wickets in 27 innings. With an average of 35.46 and economy of 3.74, he gave 2163 runs. He delivered 3470 balls, and his strike rate was 56.89. His best bowling in a match was 10/188, and his best bowling in an inning was 6/58.
He played 65 matches in which he took 67 wickets in 35 innings. With an average of 34.87 and economy of 4.94, he gave 2336 runs. He delivered 2835 balls, and his strike rate was 42.31. His best bowling in a match was 3/22.
|Fielding Stats||• Test- There are 7 catches to his name.
• ODI- There are 7 catches to his name.
|Domestic/State Team||• Punjab
|Coach/Mentor||Desh Prem Azad (Dronacharya Awardee)
|Bowling Style||Right-arm fast medium|
|Records (main ones)||• He is the first bowler to take a hattrick in a World Cup.|
|Date of Birth||3 January 1966 (Monday)|
|Age (as of 2023)||57 Years|
|Birthplace||Ludhiana, Punjab, India|
|Hometown||Ludhiana, Punjab, India|
|School||DAV School, Sector-7, Chandigarh|
|College/University||DAV college under Kurukshetra University in Ambala|
|Educational Qualifications||He completed Bachelor of Arts from Kurukshetra University in 1986. MyNeta|
|Religion/Religious Views||Hindu Facebook - Chetan Sharma|
|Food Habit||Non-vegetarian Facebook - Chetan Sharma|
|Political Inclination||BJP Hindustan Times|
|Address||#3523, Sector 35-D. Chandigarh|
|Controversy||• Sting operation Zee News The Hindu The Hindu
In February 2022, the Indian TV channel Zee News conducted a sting operation in which he revealed information about former Indian captain Virat Kohli and the fitness of Indian players which caused a huge controversy among Indian cricket fans. He said that Kohli had an ego clash with the former Chairman of BCCI and former captain of India, Sourav Ganguly and tried to defame Ganguly by leaking the information of his removal from captaincy as he believed that Ganguly was responsible for his removal. He claimed that Kohli started to believe that he is bigger than the game. Sharma also alleged that many Indian players are 80-85% fit and take injections to get 100% fit for the matches. He also revealed the internal conversations with Indian coach Rahul Dravid and other players and said that he had differences of the opinion with the team management regarding fitness of Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah. He also claimed that Hardik Pandya is the future of Indian cricket and he brought various players like Suryakumar Yadav and Shubman Gill. His comments caused a frenzy among the fans who criticised him for leaking such information which could bring shame to the players, team, and the game of cricket. BCCI launched an investigation into the matter as chief selector is not allowed to talk to media about team matters. On 17 February 2023, he voluntarily submitted his resignation which was accepted by the secretary of BCCI, Jay Shah. A top BCCI official said that team, players, and BCCI had lost trust in him after the video surfaced. He said, "Yes, Chetan has tendered his resignation to BCCI secretary Jay Shah and his resignation has been accepted. His position had become untenable after the sting operation. He resigned voluntarily and wasn’t asked to resign. Coach Rahul Dravid, captains Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya have completely lost faith in him. He couldn’t have possibly sat across the table along with them for selection committee meetings as he had lost all respect. He paid the price for being a big mouth."
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||1 July 1990|
|Children||Son- Rachit Sharma
Daughter- Tanavi Sharma
|Parents||Father- M. L. Sharma
Mother- Name not known
|Siblings||Sister- Rakesh Sharma
|Batsman||Most attacking batsman- Vivian Richards
Most difficult batsman to dismiss- Sunil Gavaskar
|TV Show||Phool Khile Hai Gulshan Gulshan
|Singer||Male- Mohammed Rafi
Female- Asha Bhosle
|Cars Collection||Santro car, Honda City car, and Honda CRV car|
• Cash Rs. 34,500
• Bank Deposits Rs. 2,46,282
• Motor Vehicles Rs. 23,50,000
• Jewellery Rs. 50,000
• Other Assets Rs 1,10,73,860
• Non-Agricultural Land Rs. Rs. 1,50,000
• Commercial Buildings Rs. 35,00,000
• Residential Buildings Rs. 90,00,000
Note: The given estimates of movable and immovable assets are according to the year 2009. It excludes the assets owned by his wife and dependents (minor). MyNeta
|Net Worth (approx.)||Rs. 2.5 crores
Note: The net worth was for the year 2009. It excludes the net worth of his wife and dependents (minors). MyNeta
Some Lesser Known Facts About Chetan Sharma
- He played his debut first-class match at 17 for the Punjab team.
- His first five-wicket haul in test cricket was against Sri Lanka. He took 5 wickets against them in September 1985. He took 14 wickets in the same 3-match test series.
- In the 3-match test series against England which India won by 2-0, he took 16 wickets. He played in 2 matches and took 6 wickets in the first test at Lord’s, London with 5 wickets for 64 runs in the first innings and 1 wicket for 48 runs in the second innings. In the third test at Edgbaston, Birmingham, he took 10 wickets with 4 wickets for 130 runs in the first innings and 6 wickets for 58 runs in the second innings. His name was inscribed on the Wall of Fame in Lord’s, London after he took a 5-wicket haul.
- He took 17 wickets in the 1985-1986 Benson & Hedges World Series Cup held in Australia. He took 3 wickets each in one match against New Zealand and two matches against Australia in the group stage.
- In the final match against Pakistan of the 1985-1986 Austral-Asia Cup held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), he was hit for a six on the last ball of the match by Pakistani batsman Javed Miandad. According to him, that shot depressed him and crushed his self-confidence. Chetan said that he tries to forget that match; however, everyone who meets him asks this question. He said,
Whoever meets me for the first time, the first question that comes is about the last-ball six that Javed Miandad hit me for. It keeps happening. I have even started enjoying it now. Even when I am on the air doing commentary, I am reminded of the same as if it had happened recently. This keeps happening. I want to forget but people don’t let me do it as they keep asking. So, I am left with little choice. I tried my best to york Miandad and not give a loose delivery but it turned out to be a full toss. Javed was the best batsman and he hit it over the boundary. Badnaami main bhi naam hai (So what if you are infamous, you are still famous). God chose to make me famous like this, then I have no option. I don’t get irritated any more with the questions. DNA India
- He created history when he took a hattrick in the 1987 World Cup against New Zealand when he bowled Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Evan Chatfield. He is the first Indian bowler to take a hattrick in ODIs and first bowler to take hattrick in a World Cup.
- Although he was mainly a bowler, he also played a few knocks with the bat. In a test match against Australia at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, he came as a night watchman and scored 54 runs. In an ODI match against England at Green Park, Kanpur in the 1989-1990 MRF World Series (Nehru) Cup on 25 October 1989, he scored 101 runs not out off 96 balls.
- His career was marred by various injuries, and he played very few matches for India.
- He moved to the Haryana team from Punjab and moved to the Bengal team in 1993, playing for them till his retirement in 1996.
- He helped the Haryana team win the 1990-91 Ranji Trophy by defeating Mumbai.
- He worked as a cricket commentator for many years after his retirement.
- On 8 February 2009, he joined Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Delhi and contested the Loksabha elections from the Faridabad seat; however, he could not win and secured 18% votes and came third. On 15 September 2009, he quit BSP and joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was made sports convener of the party.
- He was appointed as the chief selector of the BCCI in December 2019; however, after India failed to win the 2022 T20 World Cup, he was removed in November 2022. In January 2023, he was reappointed as the chief selector of BCCI.
- He also liked to play Handball and Table tennis apart from cricket.
- His coach Desh Prem Azad was also the mentor of Kapil Dev, Shardul Thakur, and Venkatesh Iyer.
- His sister Rakesh Sharma appeared as a contestant in an episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati hosted by Amitabh Bachchan.
- He opened a coaching academy in Panchkula, Haryana in 2004, which was closed in 2009.
- He is the nephew of former Indian world cup winning cricketer Yashpal Sharma.