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Dilip Vengsarkar

Dilip Vengsarkar
Vengsarkar in 2011
Personal information
Full name
Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar
Born (1956-04-06) 6 April 1956 (age 68)
Rajapur, Maharashtra, India
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 139)24 January 1976 v New Zealand
Last Test5 February 1992 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 19)21 February 1976 v New Zealand
Last ODI14 November 1991 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 116 129 260 174
Runs scored 6,868 3,508 17,868 4,835
Batting average 42.13 34.73 52.86 35.29
100s/50s 17/35 1/23 55/87 1/35
Top score 166 105 284 105
Balls bowled 47 6 199 12
Wickets 0 0 1 0
Bowling average 126.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/31
Catches/stumpings 78/– 37/– 179/– 51/–
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  India
ICC Cricket World Cup
Winner 1983 England and Wales
World Championship of Cricket
Winner 1985 Australia
ACC Asia Cup
Winner 1984 United Arab Emirates
Winner 1988 Bangladesh
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 7 February 2010

Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar pronunciation (born 6 April 1956) is a former Indian cricketer and a cricket administrator. He was known as one of the foremost exponents of the drive. Along with Sunil Gavaskar and Gundappa Viswanath, he was a key player in the Indian batting line up in the late 70s and early 80s. He was a member of the Indian team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup.Vengsarkar also led his national side to be the champions of the 1988 Asia Cup. He was also a part of the Indian squad which won the 1985 World Championship of Cricket. He went on to play until 1992.

At the pinnacle of his career, Vengsarkar was rated as the best batsman in the Coopers and Lybrand rating (a predecessor of the PWC ratings) and he held the number one slot for 21 months until 2 March 1989.[1] In 2014, he received the C. K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honour conferred by BCCI on a former player.[2]


Vengsarkar's career batting performance

Vengsarkar made his international cricket debut against New Zealand at Auckland in 1975–76 as an opening batsman. India won this Test convincingly, but he did not have much success. Later on he usually batted in the No.3 or No.4 position.

He played a memorable inning in 1979 against Asif Iqbal's Pakistan team in the 2nd Test at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. Requiring 390 to win on the final day, he led India's chase getting the team very close to a victory. India ended up with 364 for 6, just 26 runs short of what would have been a remarkable win. With Yashpal Sharma, Kapil Dev and Roger Binny back to the pavilion after the Tea break, Vengsarkar saw himself running out of partners and decided to play the last few overs for a draw. He remained unbeaten on 146.

During the 1978–79 Test Series in India against the West Indies, he was involved in a partnership of over 300 runs with Sunil Gavaskar at Calcutta, with both batsman scoring centuries.

He was a member of the 1983 World Champion's team. He had a productive run of scores between 1985 and 1987, where he scored centuries against Pakistan, Australia, England, West Indies and Sri Lanka, many of them in successive games.

While the West Indies pacemen dominated the cricket world, Dilip Vengsarkar was one of the few batsmen who was successful against them, and scored 6 centuries against the likes of Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding and Andy Roberts.

He is currently team mentor and coach for Telugu Warrior team in the Celebrity Cricket League Season 5.[3]

He also scored a century at Lord's in 1986, thus scoring consecutive Test match centuries at Lord's in three matches.


Vengsarkar took over the captaincy from Kapil Dev after the 1987 Cricket World Cup, despite criticism that he missed the semi-final match due to a stomach disorder resulting from a seafood allergy. Although he started with two centuries in his first series as captain, his captaincy period was turbulent and he lost the job following a disastrous tour of the West Indies in early 1989 and a stand-off with the Board of Control for Cricket in India.



Vengsarkar with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Sachin Tendulkar at the Oval Maidan in Mumbai

After retiring, Vengsarkar started the Elf-Vengsarkar Academy in 1995.[6] He became the vice-president of the Mumbai Cricket Association in 2003.[7] Although, he was the front runner for the post of the Chairman, Selection Committee,[when?] Dilip opted out because of his policy against zonal representation.[clarification needed][8] He was appointed the Chairman of the Talent Resource Development Wing when it was created in 2002 to develop cricket talent within the country.[9] Presently he is Chief Adviser of the Cricket Association of Telangana (CAT).[10]

In March 2006, the BCCI proposed Vengsarkar as a match referee,[11] but the proposal did not move forward as Vengsarkar accepted the job as chairman of selectors of the BCCI later in the year.[12]

He runs three cricket academies, two in Mumbai and one in Pune. These academies give training free of charge to players selected on their skill level.

In popular culture

A Bollywood film 83 released in 2021 about the events around India's first World Cup win, at Lords in 1983, features Adinath Kothare as Vengsarkar.[13][14]


  1. ^ "Miandad replaces Vengsarkar", The Indian Express, p. 16, 3 March 1989, retrieved 3 October 2016
  2. ^ "Dilip Vengsarkar 'honoured' to receive CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award". DNA India. 29 September 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2023. "I feel honoured that I have been chosen for the C K Nayudu award which I guess, is the highest award for cricket in India. I am grateful to the BCCI," Vengsarkar told PTI.
  3. ^ "CCL 2016 winner: Telugu Warriors beat Karnataka Bulldozers to win Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) 2016 Final".
  4. ^ "Dilip Vengasarkar". Wisden Almanack. Retrieved 2 April 2007.
  5. ^ "CK Naidu lifetime achievement award for Dilip Vengsarkar ", "Affairscloud", 21 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Vengasarkar as Match-Referee". Archived from the original on 11 January 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2007.
  7. ^ "Vengasarkar wins MCA Elections". Retrieved 14 March 2007.
  8. ^ "Vengasarkar outs out of selection committee". 19 September 1996. Retrieved 2 April 2007.
  9. ^ "TRDW – The Way to go". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 30 May 2006. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2007.
  10. ^ "About Cricket Association of Telangana". Cricket Association of Telagan. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Vengasarkar as Match-Referee". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 March 2007.
  12. ^ "2006/08 Selection Committee Announcement". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 March 2007.
  13. ^ "Ranveer Singh starrer '83: Marathi actor Adinath Kothare to play ace batsman Dilip Vengsarkar". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  14. ^ "'83': Ranveer Singh introduces Adinath Kothare as Dilip Vengsarkar". Business Standard. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
Preceded byKiran More Chairman, Selection Committee October 2006 – September 2008 Succeeded byKrishnamachari Srikkanth
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