Bapu Nadkarni      

Full name Rameshchandra Gangaram Nadkarni

Born April 4, 1933, Nasik, Maharashtra

Current age 85 years 230 days

Major teams India, Maharashtra, Mumbai

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 41 67 12 1414 122* 25.70 1 7 2 22 0
First-class 191 266 46 8880 283* 40.36 14 46 140 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 41 65 9165 2559 88 6/43 11/122 29.07 1.67 104.1 2 4 1
First-class 191 38913 10686 500 6/17 21.37 1.64 77.8 19 1
Career statistics
Test debut India v New Zealand at Delhi, Dec 16-21, 1955 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v India at Auckland, Mar 7-12, 1968 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1951/52 - 1967/68

Batsmen faced with the problem of playing Bapu Nadkarni's left-arm spin had two scoring options to choose from: nil and negligible. Nadkarni was one of the game's most noted economist ever - he gave away just 1.67 runs per over over in his Test career. In the 1960-61 series against Pakistan, he returned figures of 32-24-23-0 at Kanpur followed by 34-24-24-1 at Delhi. He crowned that with Test cricket's finest display of quantity-control bowling, with 21 successive maidens in his 32-27-5-0 against England at Madras in 1964. His legendary parsimony and precision were the result of untiring research and development in the nets - he would bowl endlessly at a coin placed on a good length. Although he is mainly remembered for his bowling, Nadkarni was actually a competent allrounder. An obstinate batsman with a pronounced crouching stance, he scored 52 and 122, both not out, against England at Kanpur in 1963-64, and in his next outing, against Australia at Chennai, he came up with his Test best bowling effort: 5-31 and 6-91. And with a first-class average of more than 40, and an innings of 283 not out for Bombay v Delhi to his credit, he'd have been an automatic pick if one-day cricket had been around in his time. H Natarajan

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Dec 23, 1967

Bapu Nadkarni bowling against Australia, Australia v India, 1st Test, Adelaide, December 23, 1967

Bapu Nadkarni bowling against Australia

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