Full Name

Karsan Devjibhai Ghavri

Born

February 28, 1951, Rajkot, Gujarat

Age

70y 201d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Left arm medium

TEAMS

One of the best utility cricketers to represent the country, Karsan Ghavri rendered yeoman service to Indian cricket. He had a rather long run-up for a bowler of his pace but as a left-armer who could bowl bowh medium pace or slow, he frequently troubled batsmen, particularly with judicious use of a nippy bouncer. As a late-order batsman he was more than useful either holding one end up or going for his strokes. Ghavri displayed his allround skills in his first Test series against West Indies in 1974-75. He was rather unlucky to miss the dual tour of New Zealand and West Indies the following season. He was back in 1976-77 against New Zealand and England and was a regular member of the team till 1981. He did pretty well in the three Tests in Australia in 1977-78, scoring 64 in the only innings at Sydney and taking seven wickets in the match in the final Test at Adelaide.

Ghavri's most successful series was against West Indies in 1978-79 when he took 27 wickets. The following season he hit his highest Test score of 86, in the process sharing a record eighth-wicket stand of 127 with Syed Kirmani against Australia at Bombay. In the series that followed against Pakistan, he was at his fighting best when he got 45 not out to rescue India from 69 for 8 to 162 at Kanpur. Again, in the final Test at Calcutta, he scored 37 not out at a vital stage to help India avoid defeat. On what proved to be his final tour, he was still good enough to take 5 for 107 in Australia's only innings at Sydney and in the third and final Test at Melbourne he gave India a vital breakthrough when he dismissed Dyson and Greg Chappell with successive deliveries. Ghavri, who first made his mark on the Indian schools team's tour of Australia in 1968-69, also played in the 1975 and 1979 World Cup competitions.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s6sCtSt
Test3957149138621.23027160
ODI191661142011.4019458.760020
FC15920548450010228.66124590
List A433092282010.850060
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test3969703636561095/337/12033.543.1164.50540
ODI19191033708153/403/4047.204.1168.80000
FC15925785131174527/3429.013.0557.00202
List A4324901481476/246/2431.513.5652.90010
Karsan Ghavri, player portrait
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Photos


Lalchand Rajput, Wasim Jaffer, Karsan Ghavri and Dilip Vengsarkar at an MCA ceremony
Karsan Ghavri, Portrait
Greg Chappell is caught and bowled by Karsan Ghavri for 76
Ashok Mankad and Dilip Vengsarkar celebrate India's Test win in Australia