July 12, 1947, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
January 28, 1999, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, (aged 51y 200d)
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Pallemoni Krishnamurthy, died on January 28, 1999, aged 51. Pochiah Krishnamurthy was a tall wicket-keeper who enjoyed standing up even to fast bowlers, and played five Tests for India against West Indies in 1970-71 when Farokh Engineer was unavailable. He was also reserve keeper on the following summer's tour of England, and four years later in New Zealand and West Indies. Krishnamurthy played for Hyderabad throughout the 1970s, batting in every position and sharing hundred stands both as an opener and as a No. 11. His 218 victims in 108 first-class matches included 68 stumpings, a proportion that was by then already unthinkable anywhere outside India.
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Quietly efficient is the adjective most used to describe Krishnamurthy's work behind the stumps and that is not being off the mark. He was not flamboyant or showy but performed his duties very well. Making his Ranji Trophy debut when only 17, Krishnamurthy improved by leaps and bounds and by 1971 was first choice wicketkeeper in the absence of Farokh Engineer - even when he had not played a Test. He played in all five matches in that series in the Caribbean and had the good fortune of being a member of a side which won a rubber against the West Indies for the first time. He also toured England later that year but Engineer was back and he kept in the Tests. However, in nine-first class matches Krishnamurthy made 24 dismissals. He continued to play first-class cricket until the end of the 70s and by the time he retired, he had made 218 dismissals, 150 of them caught.
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