Bapu Nadkarni      

Full name Rameshchandra Gangaram Nadkarni

Born April 4, 1933, Nasik, Maharashtra

Died January 17, 2020, Mumbai (aged 86 years 288 days)

Major teams India, Maharashtra, Mumbai

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Rameshchandra Gangaram Nadkarni
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 41 67 12 1414 122* 25.70 1 7 2 22 0
First-class 191 266 46 8880 283* 40.36 14 46 140 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 41 65 9165 2559 88 6/43 11/122 29.07 1.67 104.1 2 4 1
First-class 191 38913 10686 500 6/17 21.37 1.64 77.8 19 1
Career statistics
Test debut India v New Zealand at Delhi, Dec 16-21, 1955 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v India at Auckland, Mar 7-12, 1968 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1951/52 - 1967/68
Profile

Batsmen faced with the problem of playing Bapu Nadkarni's left-arm spin had two scoring options to choose from: nil and negligible. Nadkarni was one of the game's most noted economist ever - he gave away just 1.67 runs per over over in his Test career. In the 1960-61 series against Pakistan, he returned figures of 32-24-23-0 at Kanpur followed by 34-24-24-1 at Delhi. He crowned that with Test cricket's finest display of quantity-control bowling, with 21 successive maidens in his 32-27-5-0 against England at Madras in 1964. His legendary parsimony and precision were the result of untiring research and development in the nets - he would bowl endlessly at a coin placed on a good length. Although he is mainly remembered for his bowling, Nadkarni was actually a competent allrounder. An obstinate batsman with a pronounced crouching stance, he scored 52 and 122, both not out, against England at Kanpur in 1963-64, and in his next outing, against Australia at Chennai, he came up with his Test best bowling effort: 5-31 and 6-91. And with a first-class average of more than 40, and an innings of 283 not out for Bombay v Delhi to his credit, he'd have been an automatic pick if one-day cricket had been around in his time. H Natarajan

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Aug 2, 2008

Bapu Nadkarni with fellow Mumbai and India stalwarts Dilip Vengsarkar and Ajit Wadekar, Mumbai, August 2, 2008

Bapu Nadkarni with fellow Mumbai and India stalwarts Dilip Vengsarkar and Ajit Wadekar

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Dec 2, 2006

Bapu Nadkarni 'could take a joke on himself and laugh it away', Mumbai, December 2, 2006

Bapu Nadkarni 'could take a joke on himself and laugh it away'

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Dec 23, 1967

Bapu Nadkarni bowling against Australia, Australia v India, 1st Test, Adelaide, December 23, 1967

Bapu Nadkarni bowling against Australia

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