May 24, 2012

Indian cricket

He shunned chemistry to be consumed by cricket

Carlyle Laurie

Former India batsman Sudhir Naik is known for his gritty determination that helped him become the highest run-getter for India on the 1974 tour of England. Dilip Vengsarkar told Makarand Waingankar from the Times of India that authorities must recognise Naik's cricketing knowledge and acknowledge his yeomen service to Mumbai cricket in a manner that is befitting his stature.

"Sudhir and I have played many matches together for Tatas and Mumbai. I shared a lot of partnerships with him. As a batsman, I found him technically very sound and an excellent player of fast bowling. In my second match, I shared an opening partnership of 250 runs with him for Mumbai against very good Baroda attack. He was a typical Mumbai player: mentally tough and disciplined. He was good as a captain too; a good student of the game, he knew how to get the best out of his players. He played the game the hard way and expected others to do the same."

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