Full name Amritsar Govindsingh Kripal Singh
Born August 6, 1933, Madras (now Chennai)
Died July 22, 1987, Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu (aged 53 years 350 days)
Major teams India, Hyderabad (India), Madras
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||India v New Zealand at Hyderabad (Deccan), Nov 19-24, 1955 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v Australia at Chennai, Oct 2-7, 1964 scorecard|
|First-class span||1950/51 - 1965/66|
In the light of the brilliant start to his Test career - he made an unbeaten 100 in his first innings - Kripal Singh's final Test figures are a disappointment. That was his only Test hundred and he had only two half-centuries. The fact remains that he was in and out of the team, even though his career lasted almost a decade. A fluent stroke playing batsman, an offbreak bowler of considerable repute and a splendid field, particularly at slip, Kripal seemed destined for big things especially after he had played a leading role in Madras winning
the Ranji Trophy for the first time in 1954-55, scoring 636 runs (106.00) including his career best 208 against Travancore Cochin. In the next innings following his Test century he got 63 but his only other half century came against West Indies at Madras in 1958-59 when he got a gallant 53. He toured England in 1959 and his tally for the tour was 879 runs (33.80). One of his innings, 178 against Lancashire was considered among the best batting displays of the summer. In the only Test he played, he scored 41 in the second innings, adding 89 runs for the fifth wicket with Vijay Manjrekar. He was however a
forgotten man until he was brought back in 1961-62 against England when he played three Tests. He played in two more Tests against England in 1963-64 but by the time he played his last Test against Australia the following season he was already over the hill. A shrewd captain of his state team and the zonal (South Zone) side, Kripal was a tower of strength with his allround skills for more than a decade. In the Ranji Trophy, he scored 2581 runs (49.63) and took
115 wickets (20.53). He died suddenly following a heart attack at the
age of 54.
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"