November 15, 2012

Indian cricket

The Nayudu effect

With 11,825 first-class runs, CK Nayudu was one of the most successful batsmen in India in the 1930s. G Viswanath, writing in Sportstar, tells of how the late Raj Singh Dungarpur once described Nayudu as a clever cricketer, who was dangerous with both bat and ball.

Raj Singh, a cricketer, administrator and historian, paid handsome tributes to Nayudu's batting: "Tall and well built, Nayudu was blessed with supple wrists and, like nearly all his countrymen, a keen eye, and he was a strong player in front of the wicket, his driving was clean and powerful. He was a clever slow to medium bowler who could spin the ball and flight it and a very fine batsman. In his best days he was worthy of a place in almost any side."

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