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Bapu Nadkarni      

Full name Rameshchandra Gangaram Nadkarni

Born April 4, 1933, Nasik, Maharashtra

Current age 83 years 249 days

Major teams India, Maharashtra, Mumbai

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 41 67 12 1414 122* 25.70 1 7 2 22 0
First-class 191 266 46 8880 283* 40.36 14 46 140 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 41 65 9165 2559 88 6/43 11/122 29.07 1.67 104.1 2 4 1
First-class 191 38913 10686 500 6/17 21.37 1.64 77.8 19 1
Career statistics
Test debut India v New Zealand at Delhi, Dec 16-21, 1955 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v India at Auckland, Mar 7-12, 1968 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1951/52 - 1967/68
Profile

Batsmen faced with the problem of playing Bapu Nadkarni's left-arm spin had two scoring options to choose from: nil and negligible. Nadkarni was one of the game's most noted economist ever - he gave away just 1.67 runs per over over in his Test career. In the 1960-61 series against Pakistan, he returned figures of 32-24-23-0 at Kanpur followed by 34-24-24-1 at Delhi. He crowned that with Test cricket's finest display of quantity-control bowling, with 21 successive maidens in his 32-27-5-0 against England at Madras in 1964. His legendary parsimony and precision were the result of untiring research and development in the nets - he would bowl endlessly at a coin placed on a good length. Although he is mainly remembered for his bowling, Nadkarni was actually a competent allrounder. An obstinate batsman with a pronounced crouching stance, he scored 52 and 122, both not out, against England at Kanpur in 1963-64, and in his next outing, against Australia at Chennai, he came up with his Test best bowling effort: 5-31 and 6-91. And with a first-class average of more than 40, and an innings of 283 not out for Bombay v Delhi to his credit, he'd have been an automatic pick if one-day cricket had been around in his time. H Natarajan

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Dec 23, 1967

Bapu Nadkarni bowling against Australia, Australia v India, 1st Test, Adelaide, December 23, 1967

Bapu Nadkarni bowling against Australia

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Country Fixtures Country Results
Group C: Andhra v Hyderabad at Lucknow - Dec 7-10
Andhra 190 & 171/6d Hyderabad 143 & 13/1 (7 ov, target 219)
Group A: Baroda v U. Pradesh at Nasik - Dec 7-10
U. Pradesh 481 & 117/0 (31 ov) Baroda 458
Group A: Bengal v M. Pradesh at Delhi - Dec 7-10
Bengal 475/9d M. Pradesh 363/8 (89 ov)
Group C: Chhattisgarh v J + K at Gwalior - Dec 7-10
Chhattisgarh 370 & 101/1 (29 ov) J + K 242
Group B: Delhi v Saurashtra at Vadodara - Dec 7-10
Saurashtra 92 & 420 Delhi 237 & 109/4 (30 ov, target 276)
Group C: Goa v H. Pradesh at Mumbai - Dec 7-10
Goa 380 & 99/2 (35 ov) H. Pradesh 528
Group A: Gujarat v Tamil Nadu at Belgavi - Dec 7-10
Gujarat 307 Tamil Nadu 397/4 (156 ov)
Group C: Haryana v Tripura at Kolkata - Dec 7-9
Haryana won by 119 runs
Group B: Karnataka v Maharashtra at Mohali - Dec 7-9
Karnataka won by 10 wickets
Group C: Kerala v Services at Delhi - Dec 7-10
Services 322 Kerala 271/5 (97 ov)
Group A: Mumbai v Punjab at Rajkot - Dec 7-10
Punjab 468 Mumbai 185 & 94/2 (35 ov) (f/o)
Group B: Rajasthan v Vidarbha at Greater Noida - Dec 7-10
Rajasthan 140 & 163 (54.5 ov) Vidarbha 116
4th Test: India v England at Mumbai - Dec 8-12
England 400 India 146/1 (52 ov)
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