Full Name

Nariman Jamshedji Contractor

Born

March 07, 1934, Godhra, Gujarat

Age

87y 195d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium

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TEAMS

One of the tragic figures of Indian cricket, Nari Contractor's career was cruelly cut short when he was struck on the skull by a short delivery from Charlie Griffith in the Indian tourists' colony game against Barbados in 1962. His life was in danger for some time and he needed several emergency operations to take him off the danger list. Almost two years later, the left handed opening batsman, the very epitome of courage, was playing first class cricket. But despite a brave attempt to stage a comeback to Test cricket, he never could quite make it.

Contractor came into the limelight by scoring 92 against West Indies at Delhi in 1958-59. He then attracted notice on the 1959 tour of England. In the second Test at Lord's, he suffered a broken rib but carried on manfully to get top score of 81 in a total of 168. Against the all conquering Australians in 1959-60 he scored 438 runs, notching up his first - and as events proved his only - Test century, at Bombay. He was appointed captain against Pakistan in 1960-61, becoming at 26, the youngest Indian captain. The next season, he led India to a historic series victory over England. He was at his peak both as captain and batsman when he was struck by the the near-fatal blow. Contractor had started his first-class career by scoring a century in each innings for Gujarat against Baroda, equalling the record held by another left handed opening batsman, Arthur Morris. In a first-class career that stretched almost two decades, Contractor scored 8611 runs (39.86) with 22 hundreds.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50sCtSt
Test31521161110831.58111180
FC13823418861117639.8622720
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test31101868011/91/980.002.58186.00000
FC1381040264/8540.0000
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Subash Jayaraman (extreme left) and his wife Kathleen with former India cricketers Madhav Apte (second from left) and Nari Contractor (middle)
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Nari Contractor is led off after being struck by Charlie Griffith