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Full name Bellipadi Chandrahasa
Born March 23, 1923, Puttur, Mysore
Died November 6, 1982, Bangalore, Karnataka (aged 59 years 228 days)
Major teams Madras, Mysore
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
A stylish strokeplayer and one of the mainstays of the Madras side in the forties and fifties, Alva played in two `Tests' against the second Commonwealth team in 1950-51. Earning his place following some excellent performances in the Ranji Trophy, Alva had the mortification of being dismissed for a pair in the second game of the five match series at Bombay. Brought back for the fourth `Test' at Madras, he fared better scoring 26 at No 7. Alva, who played 18 games for Madras in the Ranji Trophy, had a particularly good run in 1950-51 when he scored hundreds against both Mysore and Hyderabad.(Partab Ramchand)
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