Bapu Nadkarni

Bapu Nadkarni

Bapu Nadkarni

INTL CAREER: 1955 - 1968

Full Name

Rameshchandra Gangaram Nadkarni


April 04, 1933, Nasik, Maharashtra


January 17, 2020, Mumbai, (aged 86y 288d)

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Slow left arm orthodox


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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Debut/Last Matches - Player


Bapu Nadkarni with fellow Mumbai and India stalwarts Dilip Vengsarkar and Ajit Wadekar
Bapu Nadkarni 'could take a joke on himself and laugh it away'
Bapu Nadkarni bowling against Australia