Full name Shah Nyalchand
Born September 14, 1919, Dhrangadhra, Gujarat
Died January 4, 1997, Junagadh, Gujarat (aged 77 years 112 days)
Major teams India, Gujarat, Kathiawar, Saurashtra, Western India
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium
|Only Test||India v Pakistan at Lucknow, Oct 23-26, 1952 scorecard|
|First-class span||1939/40 - 1963/64|
Shah Nyalchand, who died on January 3, 1997, aged 77, was a left-arm medium-pace bowler who had remarkable bowling figures in his only Test for India. He was chosen to play at Lucknow against Pakistan in their second official Test and, on a jute-matting pitch, bowled 64 overs and took three for 97. However, Nazar Mohammad carried his bat and Pakistan won by an innings. Nyalchand never played for India again. He remained a stalwart in the Ranji Trophy for more than two decades, making his debut for Western India in 1939-40, going on to play for Gujarat and then captaining Saurashtra. In the last match of the 1961-62 season against Baroda he took 11 for 64, including a hat-trick spanning both innings. Frank Worrell once called him the king of matting wickets.
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