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Dilip Vengsarkar

India|Top order Batter
Dilip Vengsarkar
INTL CAREER: 1976 - 1992
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Full Name

Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar

Born

April 06, 1956, Rajapur, Maharashtra

Age

66y 173d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Medium

Playing Role

Top order Batter

Tall and slim, Dilip Vengsarkar was an elegant strokeplayer but on his day - which was often - he could be a tormentor of even the strongest attacks. He was India's No. 3 for many years and from that pivotal position guided the fortunes of the country's batting for more than a decade.

He burst upon the scene as a talented teenager when he scored a breezy 110 for Bombay against Rest of India in the Irani Trophy match at Nagpur in 1975, in the process taking a heavy toll of Bishan Bedi and Erapalli Prasanna, then at their peak. On his immense potential, he was straightaway inducted into the Indian team but success was rather slow in coming. It was not until the tour of Australia in 1977-78 that Vengsarkar established himself in the side, after which, for the next 15 years he was one of India's batting bulwarks.

From the late-'70s to the late-'80s, he was among the best batters in the country and, during a purple patch in the second of those decades, he was very nearly the leading player in the world. From 1986 to 1988, in 16 Tests he scored eight hundreds. Vengsarkar's best known feat, of course, is being the first to score three hundreds against England at Lord's. A superb player of the drive, he could also pull effortlessly and hook fearlessly. He put on an unbroken partnership of 344 for the second wicket with Sunil Gavaskar against West Indies in Calcutta in 1978-79 - then an Indian record.

Vengsarkar led the country in ten Tests, but lost the captaincy in 1989 following a controversial tour to the USA to play some festival matches. He lost his place in the side temporarily and though he was brought back for a few games in the early '90s, he was never really the same commanding player. At the time of his retirement in 1992, he was second only to Gavaskar in runs and centuries scored in Tests for India.

Vengsarkar served as the BCCI's chairman of selectors between 2006 and 2008.

Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s6sCtSt
Test11618522686816642.13173517780
ODI12912019350810534.73517967.73123370
FC260390521786828452.8655871790
List A17416225483510535.29135510
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test116647360---4.59-000
ODI1291640---4.00-000
FC26019912611/31126.003.79199.000
List A1741280---4.00-000
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Dilip Vengsarkar felicitates Mumbai batsman Jay Bista
Glenn Maxwell receives an award from Dilip Vengsarkar at the CEAT Awards
Former India and Pakistan players were felicitated
Tim Robinson puts a hand on Mike Gatting's shoulder
Lalchand Rajput, Wasim Jaffer, Karsan Ghavri and Dilip Vengsarkar at an MCA ceremony
Clive Lloyd, Aravinda de Silva, Michael Bevan, Dilip Vengsarkar and Balwinder Sandhu with the World Cup