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Vijay Manjrekar      

Full name Vijay Laxman Manjrekar

Born September 26, 1931, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra

Died October 18, 1983, Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu (aged 52 years 22 days)

Major teams India, Andhra, Bengal, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Relation Uncle - DD Hindlekar, Son - SV Manjrekar

Vijay Laxman Manjrekar
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 55 92 10 3208 189* 39.12 7 15 0 19 2
First-class 198 295 38 12832 283 49.92 38 56 72 6
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 55 6 204 44 1 1/16 1/16 44.00 1.29 204.0 0 0 0
First-class 198 1411 657 20 4/21 32.85 2.79 70.5 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v England at Kolkata, Dec 30, 1951 - Jan 4, 1952 scorecard
Last Test India v New Zealand at Chennai, Feb 27-Mar 2, 1965 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1949/50 - 1972/73

Vijay Manjrekar, who died in Madras, where he had gone for a sportsmen's gathering, on October 18, 1983, aged 52, was a conspicuously good player of fast bowling in an era when India had few of them. Having played in the first of his 55 Tests in 1951-52, against England at Calcutta, he soon showed his quality by making 133 in his first Test in England (at Headingley) in June, 1952, when only twenty. Coming in at 42 for 3 on the first morning, with Trueman and Bedser on the warpath (and Laker to follow), he and his captain, Hazare, rescued India's innings with a fourth-wicket partnership of 222, which still stands as a record between the two countries. If, as the years passed, problems of weight slowed him down, he had sufficiently nimble footwork and enough natural ability always to be a dangerous opponent and often a joy to watch. Like many of the best Indian batsmen, he was small and a fine cutter and hooker. Within nine months of his 133 at Headingley he scored 118 against West Indies at Kingston, sharing on that occasion a record second-wicket partnership with Pankaj Roy. His two best Test series were against New Zealand in India in 1955-56 (386 runs, average 77.20) and against England in India in 1961-62 (586 runs, average 83.71). He made seven Test centuries, the highest his 189 against England at Delhi in 1961-62 and the last of them in his final Test innings, against New Zealand at Madras in February 1965. At Bombay in 1964-65 his two innings of 59 and 39 were invaluable contributions towards India's first Test victory over Australia. An occasional offspinner, a serviceable wicketkeeper and in his early days a fine cover fielder, he played at different times for no fewer than six sides in the Ranji Trophy -- Bombay, Bengal, Andhra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. In the Ranji Trophy he scored 3,734 runs (average 57.44) and hit twelve hundreds. Manjrekar's son, Sanjay, also played Test cricket.
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Vijay Manjrekar on his way to a hundred in his final Test, India v New Zealand, Madras, 1964

Vijay Manjrekar on his way to a hundred in his final Test

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Vijay Manjrekar on his way to a hundred in his final Test, India v New Zealand, Madras, 1964

Vijay Manjrekar on his way to a hundred in his final Test

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Jun 8, 1959

Vijay Manjrekar turns one away, England v India, 1st Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day, June 8, 1959

Vijay Manjrekar turns one away

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