January 17, 2006

When Roy and Mankad tormented the Kiwis

The Surfer

Clayton Murzello, sports editor of Mid-Day, the Mumbai-based daily, looks back at the world-record opening partnership of 413 between Pankaj Roy and Vinoo Mankad in 1955-56 that Sehwag and Dravid came within an ace of breaking. Murzello wrote the tribute ten days earlier, not expecting the run-orgy by the Indian openers. Polly Umrigar, the former Indian captain who was there when Pankaj and Mankad tormented New Zealand, gives an eye-witness account. "Both played their shots and showed how determined they were by not giving their wicket away. Of course, Vinoo had his own way of going after the bowling.". Click here to read the tribute. And read Raju Bharatan's, the veteran Indian journalist, article on Pankaj Roy to get know more about the former Indian opener.

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