Full name Ramesh Vithaldas Divecha
Born October 18, 1927, Kadakvadi, Maharashtra
Died February 19, 2003, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (aged 75 years 124 days)
Major teams India, Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai, Northamptonshire, Oxford University, Saurashtra
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium, Right-arm offbreak
Education Bombay University; Oxford University
|Test debut||India v England at Kolkata, Dec 30, 1951 - Jan 4, 1952 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v Pakistan at Chennai, Nov 28-Dec 1, 1952 scorecard|
|First-class span||1948 - 1962/63|
Ramesh 'Buck' Divecha died on February 19, 2003, aged 75, having suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Divecha played in India's first Test victory, against England at Madras in 1951-52, and 11 different first-class sides in all, but his golden days were spent at Oxford. He could swing the ball both ways at a brisk but accurate medium-pace, which had been honed under Alf Gover's tuition, and was an enthusiastic middle-order bat. Later, he added offbreaks to his repertoire, and used both bowling methods to remarkable effect in the 1950 and 1951 Varsity matches, culminating in 1951 when he took 7 for 62 in the second innings and spun Oxford to a thrilling 21-run victory. Barely a week later he was back at Lord's taking 5 for 81 (including Compton and Hutton) for the Gentlemen against the Players. Divecha played four Tests against England over the next 13 months to less effect, but he took a hat-trick on the 1952 tour in a surprising win over the ultimate champions Surrey, swiftly followed by 8 for 74 against Glamorgan. He was called up the following winter against Pakistan at Madras, where he trapped 18-year-old Hanif Mohammad lbw. Thereafter, his work as an oil company executive limited Divecha to a handful of Ranji Trophy appearances. "He was a cheerful and amusing character who loved to bowl," recalled his Oxford contemporary, Donald Carr.
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