Full name Bhagwath Subramanya Chandrasekhar
Born May 17, 1945, Mysore, Karnataka
Current age 69 years 344 days
Major teams India, Karnataka, Mysore
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
|Test debut||India v England at Mumbai (BS), Jan 21-26, 1964 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v India at Birmingham, Jul 12-16, 1979 scorecard|
|Only ODI||New Zealand v India at Auckland, Feb 22, 1976 scorecard|
|First-class span||1963/64 - 1979/80|
|List A span||1975/76 - 1977/78|
For a nation starved of wins abroad, Chandra was a rare jewel: he was for long India's biggest match-winner overseas, with 42 wickets in five Tests. Batsmen didn't know quite what to expect from him and sometimes neither did Chandra himself, as he once admitted. An attack of polio in childhood left his right arm withered, but Chandra turned his handicap into an advantage. After a long, bouncing run-up, he delivered sharp googlies, spiteful topspinners and legbreaks at near medium-pace from the back of his hand with a whipping action. He could often be erratic, but no one among India's famed spin quartet was more likely to deliver an unplayable ball than Chandra. His 6 for 38 at The Oval in 1971 gave India their first series victory in England and he was instrumental
in India's first win in Australia in 1978, taking 12 for 104 at Melbourne.
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