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Vijay Merchant      

Full name Vijaysingh Madhavji Merchant

Born October 12, 1911, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra

Died October 27, 1987, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra (aged 76 years 15 days)

Major teams India, Hindus, Mumbai

Also known as real name Vijay Madhavji Thakersey

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Vijaysingh Madhavji Merchant
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 10 18 0 859 154 47.72 3 3 0 7 0
First-class 150 234 46 13470 359* 71.64 45 52 115 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 10 2 54 40 0 - - - 4.44 - 0 0 0
First-class 150 5087 2088 65 5/73 32.12 2.46 78.2 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v England at Mumbai, Dec 15-18, 1933 scorecard
Last Test India v England at Delhi, Nov 2-7, 1951 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1929-1951
Profile

The supreme yardstick for batsmanship is the Bradman scale. West Indies' George Headley was `the black Bradman'. Every Australian prodigy since 1948 has been heralded as `the new Bradman'. Gavaskar has rewritten the Test record books, and yet is still acknowledged as slightly lower caste. But if figures count, Vijay Merchant, with a first-class average of 71, is next in line to The Don, even though his Test average was only 47.72. On his home pitches he amassed thousands of runs, and on his two tours of England, 10 years apart, he showed batsmanship of rich class, making over 4000 runs on the two tours combined.

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1980

Vijay Merchant, Mumbai, Portrait

Vijay Merchant: Portrait

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Aug 19, 1946

Vijay Merchant drives to the off side, England v India, 3rd Test, The Oval, 2nd day, August 19, 1946

Vijay Merchant drives to the off side

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Jul 29, 1946

Against Sussex at Hove on July 29, 1946 the first four batsmen of the Indian team completed centuries. The board shows the position just before the fall of the third wicket. The players from left to right are: V. Mankad who scored 105, L. Amarnath (106), Nawab of Pataudi (110 not out), V. M. Merchant (205). The score-board was presented to Sussex by the most famous of all Indian cricketers, K. S. Ranjitsinhji

V. Mankad (105), L. Amarnath (106), Nawab of Pataudi (110 not out), V. M. Merchant (205)

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1937

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