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Abey Kuruvilla
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Abey Kuruvilla

India
Abey Kuruvilla

INTL CAREER: 1997 - 1997

Full Name

Abey Kuruvilla

Born

August 04, 1968, Mannar, Allepey (now Alappuzha), Kerala

Age

53y 73d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast medium

TEAMS

Abey Kuruvilla was unfortunate to have been selected several seasons too late to the national team. Possibly the tallest player to play for India at 6'6", Kuruvilla, in spite of his well endowed physique, was not an express bowler. Thriving on his ability to swing the ball and later developing variations such as a well disguised slower delivery, he had his grounding under the tutelage of Frank Tyson as part of the BCA-Mafatlal Bowling Scheme. Kuruvilla took 35 wickets in his first full season for Bombay in 1991-92 and although widely expected to make the tour of South Africa in 1992-93, was overlooked.

After trying out a whole flotilla of new ball bowlers without success in the following years, the selectors finally gave the gangling Mumbaikar a break on the 1996-97 West Indies tour. Kuruvilla emerged as a key figure in the Indian attack and a haul of 5 for 68 in the second innings of the third Test at Bridgetown set up a winning position for India, but the batsmen contrived to throw it away. He played five more Tests against Sri Lanka at home and away in the following season where he did creditably considering the flat shirtfronts on offer but, surprisingly, he was never considered again. Soft spoken and self effacing, Kuruvilla had no regrets for the shabby treatment meted out to him. "At least I played for a year. There are so many good cricketers who don't get to play even one game for India. I can't complain on that count", was his classic refrain in humility. He retired from first class cricket after the 1999-2000 Ranji Trophy final against Hyderabad. He served in various selection panels, heading the all-India junior selection committee in 2011-12. In 2012, he was named Mumbai's chief selector.
Sankhya Krishnan

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test101116635*6.6016440.24000400
ODI251142673.714360.46001140
FC8285227087611.2301250
List A63258559*3.2300100
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test10151765892255/686/11735.683.0370.60110
ODI25251131890254/434/4335.604.7245.20100
FC821529579072906/6127.263.1052.70100
List A6330112077704/214/2129.674.1343.00500
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Photos


Saba Karim and Abey Kuruvilla
A Kuruvilla, Portrait
Graham Thorpe is sent on his way by Kuruvilla in the England v India match
England v India, 11 Dec 1997: A Hollioake b Kuruvilla
Abey Kuruvilla bowls
Abey Kuruvilla is congratulated by his team-mates after taking a wicket