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Full name Sudhir Sakharam Naik
Born February 21, 1945, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra
Current age 70 years 37 days
Major teams India, Mumbai
Batting style Right-hand bat
Relation Cousin - AD Naik
|Test debut||England v India at Birmingham, Jul 4-8, 1974 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v West Indies at Kolkata, Dec 27, 1974 - Jan 1, 1975 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v India at Leeds, Jul 13, 1974 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v India at The Oval, Jul 15-16, 1974 scorecard|
|First-class span||1966/67 - 1977/78|
|List A span||1974 - 1974/75|
A courageous right-hand opening batsman, Sudhir Naik went as one of the candidates for the opening batsman's slot on the 1974 tour of England. He did well in the first-class matches, scoring 730 runs (40.55) and forced his way into the team for the final Test at Edgbaston, but his preparations could hardly have been worse as he appeared in court and was fined for stealing socks from a London store. Out for 4 in the first innings, Naik batted in gritty fashion in a losing cause in the second innings to top-score with 77. Back home he played in two more Tests against West Indies but after scores of 48, 6, 0, 6 was discarded for good.
For Bombay, however, Naik did very well and in the Ranji Trophy he scored 2687 runs (40.10) with a highest score of 200 not out against Baroda in 1973-74. But perhaps Naik's biggest distinction was that he led Bombay to an unexpected Ranji Trophy triumph in 1970-71. It was a badly depleted side with the stars being away with the Indian team in the West Indies. But Naik making adroit use of the limited resources proved himself to be an astute captain.
Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun