Naoomal Jeoomal      

Full name Naoomal Jeoomal Makhija

Born April 17, 1904, Karachi, Sind

Died July 28, 1980, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra (aged 76 years 102 days)

Major teams India, Hindus, Northern India, Sind

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Other Umpire, Coach

Naoomal Jeoomal Makhija
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 3 5 1 108 43 27.00 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 84 143 16 4140 203* 32.59 7 43 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 3 4 108 68 2 1/4 1/4 34.00 3.77 54.0 0 0 0
First-class 84 2975 108 5/18 27.54 6 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v India at Lord's, Jun 25-28, 1932 scorecard
Last Test India v England at Chennai, Feb 10-13, 1934 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1926/27 - 1944/45

The man who opened the batting for India in their country's first Test match (at Lord's in 1932), Jeoomal Naoomal, died in Bombay on July 18, aged 76. A cautious batsman - although he once drove the first ball of a Ranji Trophy match from Mahomed Nissar for six - he returned 33 and 25 in the Lord's Test, and when the All-India side returned there to play Middlesex, he batted for 6 1/4 hours for an unbeaten 164: a 'rather colourless display' according to Wisden, although he added 179 for the third wicket with the mercurial C. K. Nayudu. Naoomal also scored a century against Derbyshire. He played in two further Test matches against England in 1933-34, making two and 43 at Calcutta but having a disastrous match at Madras, where a deep cut over the left eye forced him to retire for five and to miss the second innings. He was trying to hook Clark. After his victim had been removed on a stretcher, the bowler had to endure shouts of 'Bodyline' and even had a pebble thrown at him. He picked it up and walked deliberately towards the crowd before placing it ceremoniously on the grass beyond the boundary. Besides his respectable total of 1297 runs (30.88) on the tour of England, Naoomal made his mark on Indian cricket with several centuries for Sind, 203 not out against Nawanagar in 1938 being the highest in a season when he averaged 104.50. He also made a century against Ceylon at Lahore in 1932-33. In the late 1950s he became Pakistan's coach, and passed on the fruits of his experience to such players as Hanif, Nasim and Saeed.
Wisden Cricket Monthly

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Sep 1932

The 1932 All-India side prepare to board their train at the end of the tour, London, September 1932

The 1932 All-India side prepare to board their train at the end of the tour

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Jun 25, 1932

The 1932 All-India side which toured England. Back: Lall Singh, Phiroze Palia, Jahangir Khan, Mohammad Nissar, Amar Singh, Bahadur Kapadia, Shankarrao Godambe, Ghulam Mohammad, Janardan Navle. Seated: Syed Wazir Ali, C.K.Nayudu, Maharaja of Porbandar (captain), KS Limbdi (vice-captain), Nazir Ali,  XX. Front: Naoomal Jaoomal, Sorabji Colah, Nariman Marshall.

The 1932 All-India side which toured England

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Jun 25, 1932

Pen portraits of the 1932 India tourists

Pen portraits of the 1932 India tourists

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