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Ramesh Divecha      

Full name Ramesh Vithaldas Divecha

Born October 18, 1927, Kadakvadi, Maharashtra

Died February 19, 2003, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (aged 75 years 124 days)

Major teams India, Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai, Northamptonshire, Oxford University, Saurashtra

Nickname Buck

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium, Right-arm offbreak

Education Bombay University; Oxford University

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 5 5 0 60 26 12.00 0 0 0 5 0
First-class 61 88 18 1424 92 20.34 0 5 36 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 5 7 1044 361 11 3/102 4/115 32.81 2.07 94.9 0 0 0
First-class 61 12703 5402 217 8/74 24.89 2.55 58.5 9 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v England at Kolkata, Dec 30, 1951 - Jan 4, 1952 scorecard
Last Test India v Pakistan at Chennai, Nov 28-Dec 1, 1952 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1948 - 1962/63

Ramesh 'Buck' Divecha died on February 19, 2003, aged 75, having suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Divecha played in India's first Test victory, against England at Madras in 1951-52, and 11 different first-class sides in all, but his golden days were spent at Oxford. He could swing the ball both ways at a brisk but accurate medium-pace, which had been honed under Alf Gover's tuition, and was an enthusiastic middle-order bat. Later, he added offbreaks to his repertoire, and used both bowling methods to remarkable effect in the 1950 and 1951 Varsity matches, culminating in 1951 when he took 7 for 62 in the second innings and spun Oxford to a thrilling 21-run victory. Barely a week later he was back at Lord's taking 5 for 81 (including Compton and Hutton) for the Gentlemen against the Players. Divecha played four Tests against England over the next 13 months to less effect, but he took a hat-trick on the 1952 tour in a surprising win over the ultimate champions Surrey, swiftly followed by 8 for 74 against Glamorgan. He was called up the following winter against Pakistan at Madras, where he trapped 18-year-old Hanif Mohammad lbw. Thereafter, his work as an oil company executive limited Divecha to a handful of Ranji Trophy appearances. "He was a cheerful and amusing character who loved to bowl," recalled his Oxford contemporary, Donald Carr.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack