Former India all-rounder and Maharashtra captain Bapu Nadkarni, who performed 41 Tests between 1955 and 1968, handed away on Friday. He was 86-years-previous.
In his 41 Tests, Nadkarni claimed 88 wickets with a better of six for 63 towards New Zealand at Wellington in 1968. He averaged 25.70 with the bat hitting seven half-centuries and one century—122 not out towards England at Kanpur in February 1964—and scored an total 1,414 runs in 67 innings.
In the occasions of T20 proliferation, statisticians and followers collectively surprise how precious Nadkarni would have been within the current age along with his measly bowling spells, as famously within the 1964 Test between India and England at Chennai (previously Madras), Nadkarni bowled a thoughts-boggling 21 maidens on the trot in his spell of 32-27-5-0.
But maybe the primary show of his capabilities to maintain batsmen tied up got here at Kanpur towards Pakistan in December 1960-61, when he gave away a mere 23 runs from 32 overs, sending down a staggering 24 maiden overs because the guests clambered to 335 in as many as 188.5 overs. Even within the second innings of the Test—whereby India used as many as 9 bowling choices—his figures have been 7-4-6-0.
His profession bowling financial system charge of 1.67 in Test cricket was much like his figures in First-Class cricket of 1.64. Known for working persistently on his bowling, Nadkarni can also be mentioned to make use of to have positioned a coin on good size throughout his lengthy nets periods.
Nadkarni made his Test debut when Vinoo Mankad rested himself for the New Delhi Test towards New Zealand. Nadkarni made an unbeaten 68 on debut, however needed to wait for 3 extra years to play his subsequent Test—towards West Indies in Mumbai in November 1958.
His finest outing with the bat got here within the drawn Test towards England in the course of the 1963-64 tour at Kanpur, whereby Nadkarni scored a preventing 52 at No 9 as India replied with 266 to the guests’ 559 for eight declared. Batting at No three within the subsequent innings as India adopted-on, Nadkarni scored his profession-finest 122 not out hitting 15 fours to assist the hosts power a draw.
In his subsequent match, Nadkarni registered his finest bowling efficiency in a match taking 5 for 31 and 6 for 91, however India’ s batting failure within the second innings resulted in a 139-run loss at Chennai in October 1964.
In home circuit, Nadkarni was an all-spherical champion. In 191 First-Class matches, he claimed 500 wickets with 19 5-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket match haul. He averaged greater than 40 with the bat, hitting 14 centuries and 46 half-centuries to garner 8,880 runs.