June 7, 2012

Indian cricket

The field was his temple, cricket his God

Carlyle Laurie

Makarand Waingankar, writing in the Times of India, says Maharashtra batsman Vijay Bhosle, who scored 17 first-class centuries, was during the 1960’s, was one of the most unfortunate batsmen not to have played for India even after playing 110 first class matches.

Cricket was a way of life for Bhosle. Rarely was the hard-working cricketer seen cracking jokes or indulging in naughty behaviour. To him, the cricket ground was a place of worship. He played with a sincerity that could equal any piety. It's unfathomable why he wasn't picked to play for India. He never stopped worshipping the game even though the Gods of the game didn't hear him. He certainly was one of the greatest devotees cricket can ever find.

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