Full name Chandrasekhar Vaman Gadkari
Born February 3, 1928, Poona (now Pune), Maharashtra
Died January 11, 1998, Pune, Maharashtra (aged 69 years 342 days)
Major teams India, Maharashtra, Services
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||West Indies v India at Port of Spain, Jan 21-28, 1953 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v India at Peshawar, Feb 13-16, 1955 scorecard|
|First-class span||1947/48 - 1964/65|
An attacking right handed batsman and a brilliant fielder, Gadkari's appearances in the Indian team were rather limited due to his duties as an army officer. He toured West Indies in 1953 and Pakistan in 1955 and met with modest success. In the fourth Test at Georgetown, Gadkari going in at No 9 hit a defiant 50 not out to push India, 64 for 5 at one stage, to a total of 262. He however bagged a pair in the next Test. He also played two `Tests' against the SJOC team in 1953-54.
Gadkari fared much better in the Ranji Trophy and in a first-class career that stretched from the late forties to the mid sixties, he scored 3024 runs (40.32) with seven centuries. In the Ranji Trophy alone he averaged almost 50.
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