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Vijay Mehra      

Full name Vijay Laxman Mehra

Born March 12, 1938, Amritsar, Punjab

Died August 25, 2006, New Delhi (aged 68 years 166 days)

Major teams India, Delhi, Eastern Punjab, Railways

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm bowler

Relation Son - A Mehra

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 8 14 1 329 62 25.30 0 2 0 1 0
First-class 109 178 15 5614 167* 34.44 13 27 56 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 8 3 36 6 0 - - - 1.00 - 0 0 0
First-class 109 1575 806 26 5/23 31.00 3.07 60.5 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v New Zealand at Mumbai (BS), Dec 2-7, 1955 scorecard
Last Test India v England at Mumbai (BS), Jan 21-26, 1964 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1953-1971
Profile

When he made his debut, Vijay Mehra was the youngest India to play Test cricket - 17 years, 265 days - a record till Maninder Singh broke it in 1982-83. A slightly built right-hand opening batsman, Mehra made only 10 in that match. He improved to 32 in the next Test at New Delhi when he put on 68 runs for the first wicket with Nari Contractor. But then he was forgotten for six years before being brought back for the Test at Calcutta against England in 1961-62. Opening the batting, he scored a courageous 62, continuing to bat after fracturing his right thumb on the first morning. The injury forced him to bat at No. 11 in the second innings and miss the next Test. Touring West Indies in 1962, Mehra played three Tests, his best being another 62 in the fourth Test at Port of Spain when he and Salim Durrani added 144 runs for the second wicket. In the final Test at Kingston he scored a valuable 39. Retaining his place in the next Test against England at Madras almost two years later, Mehra met with only partial success but he and Budhi Kunderan shared first-wicket partnerships of 85 and 59. He played in the next Test at Bombay, scored 9 and 35, and that was the end of his Test career.

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May 1, 2006

Vijay Mehra takes a break during commentary, India in West Indies, 2006

Vijay Mehra takes a break during commentary

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