Krishnamurthy, India's wicketkeeper dies (28 January 1999)

28 January 1999

Krishnamurthy, India's wicketkeeper dies

Blessington Thomas, CricInfo

Pallamononi Krishnamurthy, son of P Pochiah, died today on 28 January 1999 at Hyderabad. He was born on 12th July 1947 at Hyderabad.

Krishnamurthy started playing cricket from the age of 14 years along with the family members of CK Naidu. Later he became very close friend with the Raj brothers, especially with D Govindraj. This is where he started his early cricket. Blossomed into a fine cricketer in the company of Mumtaz Hussain G Mohan and of course Govindraj.

Krishnamurthy was in the Services Ranji team, and later joined Hyderabad Cricket Team under the captainship of the legendary ML Jaisima.

Krishnamurthy was one of the finest wicket-keeper the country ever produced. He toured all the cricket playing countries during his time along with the Hyderabad Blues team. After his retirement, Krishnamurthy served as the Chairman and also selector of the Hyderabad Cricket Association.

Krishnamurthy made his test debut against the West Indies during the victorious Indian tour of West Indies in 1970-71, under the captaincy of AL Wadekar. He also toured England in 1971 and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1973-74 with the Indian team.

In the Indian domestics, Krishnamurthy debuted in the Ranji Trophy for Hyderabad on September 2nd, 1967 against Tamil Nadu at Madras under the captainship of ML Jaisimha. He represented Hyderabad for 12 seasons in the Ranji Trophy championship, and holds the distinction of batting at all eleven slots. He is also the only batsman to be associated in a century partnership batting as number 1 and as number 11.

Statistical Record:

TESTS (career)
M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct St
Batting               5    6   0    33   20    5.50   -   -    7  1

ONE-DAY INTERNATIONALS (career) M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St Batting 1 1 0 6 6 6.00 - - 1 1

RANJI TROPHY (career)

M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St Batting 54 60 14 757 78 16.45 - 5 84 35

Krishnamurthy's partnership records:

105 runs for the 10th wicket against Karnataka at Bangalore. on December 2, 1973. Syed Abid Ali 151*, Krishnamurthy, batting at number eleven scored 28.

100 runs for the 1st wicket against Karnataka at Bangalore. on December 5, 1976. Syed Shahid Akbar 52, Krishnamurthy, batting at number one scored 61.

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