|Full Name Lakshmipathy Balaji|
Born (1981-09-27) 27 September 1981 (age 33)
Birth Place Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Career start 2001
Number 55 (Kolkata Knight Riders / Bowler)
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast medium
Spouse Priya Thalur (m. 2013)
Lakshmipathy Balaji THRASHING Pakistan Bowlers to all Corners : 4,4,6,4,6,6 | ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS!!
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Lakshmipathy (or Lakshmi) Balaji (Tamil: , pronunciation , born 27 September 1981) is an Indian cricketer. He is a right arm fast medium bowler.
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- International cricket
- Indian Premier League
Balaji became a member of the Indian cricket team as Fast Medium bowler in 2003. Playing for his state team since 2001, he made his Test debut against New Zealand at Ahmedabad in 2003. He was recognised after his performance in the 2004 India Pakistan series. In that series, he played a significant part in Indian teams historic victories. But after an injury, his international cricket career was put on hold. He made a comeback in Pakistans 2005 tour of India, taking 5 wickets in the first innings. Injury kept him out of cricket for the next 3 years. Balaji made his return to domestic cricket in 2007. After a strong 2008 domestic season where Balaji was instrumental in helping Tamil Nadu reach the Ranji Trophy semifinals, Balaji was called up to the international squad in January 2009 to replace an injured Munaf Patel who sustained a groin injury. Balaji was included in the playing XI for the final match of the series against Sri Lanka. India went on to lose the match. Balaji was rested for the subsequent Twenty20 match. In February the BCCI announced that Balaji had been dropped from the ODI squad to tour New Zealand but had been selected for the test squad. Thus marking Balajis return to the test squad after a five year hiatus having last been part of the test squad in the 2004 series against Pakistan.
On 18 July 2012 he has been included in 30 probables for the World T20 tournament to be played in Sri Lanka in September 2012.And subsequently was selected in the final 15-member squad.He made his comeback into the Indian side in the second T20 International against New Zealand at his home ground-Chennai.
Indian Premier League
Balaji played for the Chennai Super Kings team in the 1st 3 editions of the IPL starting from the 2008 Indian Premier League. On 10 May 2008, he picked up the first hat-trick of the IPL tournament in the match against Kings XI Punjab at Chennai, and rounded off the evening with a match-winning five-wicket haul. His tournament was to end on a low as he bowled the final over to Shane Warne and Sohail Tanvir, with the latter hitting the winning runs off the final ball. Since his successful spinal operation in England by Prof. John Dowell he has returned to full form. Balaji has been notably consistent for the economy rate in all T20 matches in the IPL Chennai Super Kings as the normal matches of T20 seldom had run chases below or near 130 . He has not done much in the batting side of IPL.