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Naoomal Jeoomal

Naoomal Jeoomal
1932 Indian Test Cricket team
Personal information
Full name
Naoomal Jeoomal Makhija
Born(1904-04-17)17 April 1904
Karachi, Bombay Presidency, British India
Died28 July 1980(1980-07-28) (aged 76)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 5)25 June 1932 v England
Last Test10 February 1934 v England
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 3 84
Runs scored 108 4,140
Batting average 27.00 32.59
100s/50s 0/0 7/16
Top score 43 203*
Balls bowled 108 5,102
Wickets 2 108
Bowling average 34.00 27.54
5 wickets in innings 0 6
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/4 5/18
Catches/stumpings 0/– 43/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 9 May 2020

Naoomal Jeoomal Makhija pronunciation (17 April 1904 – 28 July 1980) was an Indian cricketer, who was India's first opening batsman in Test cricket.[1]

Early life

He was born on 17 April 1904, in Karachi, Sindh.[2] He was the son of head clerk of a private company. He was a matriculation. He made his First-Class debut against Arthur Gilligan's MCC in 1926-27 for Hindus and The Rest at Karachi, scoring 16.[3]


Naoomal Jeoomal scored 33 and 25 opening India's innings in their first ever Test at Lord's in 1932. He also shared stands of 39 and 41 with his opening partner Janardan Navle in the two innings. Naoomal was a diminutive, defensive batsman whose strong point was the cut. He made 1,297 runs in the tour, playing in all the 26 first class matches, a decent performance[citation needed] considering that he had played only on matting wickets till then. Wisden even commented on Jeoomal's fielding abilities.

When England returned the visit in 1933–34, Jeoomal missed the first Test. He scored 2 and 43 at Calcutta, but in Madras, he was hit on the face by Nobby Clark. The ball left a half-inch cut across the left eye. The injury ended his innings and he did not play another Test. In his first match in the Ranji Trophy, for Sind against Western India in 1934–35, he scored 63 and 53, despite being hit by Amar Singh and Ladha Ramji, and took 5/78 and 3/52 in bowling. He played in the Sind Pentangular matches from 1922 till 1946, scoring 1,993 runs (average 47) with six hundreds.[citation needed]

His highest score in first-class cricket was a 203* scored in four and a half hours for Sind against Nawanagar in 1938–39.[4] The Sind total of 326 was at the time the second lowest completed first class innings to include a double hundred.

Retirement and coaching

He coached Pakistan in the late 1950s and became national selector from 1957. He also served as an umpire in first-class matches, mostly in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.[5] He moved to India in 1971.

His son, Hari Naoomal also played first class cricket for Karachi University and Karachi Greens from 1961 till 1970 season.[6]

Jeoomal was the oldest Indian Test cricketer to attend the Golden Jubilee Test in 1980, which marked the fiftieth year of the founding of BCCI. The oldest living cricketer Cota Ramaswami was absent.

Note : Jeoomal's obituaries in Wisden Almanack and Wisden Cricket Monthly both give his date of death as 18 July.


  1. ^ "Naoomal Jeoomal". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Naoomal Jeoomal PLAYER BIONEW". NDTV Convergence Limited. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  3. ^ Mukherjee, Abhishek. "Naoomal Jaoomal: The man who opened batting in India's first ever Test". Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Match Scorecard". CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  5. ^ Abhishek Mukherjee (13 May 2016). "Naoomal Jaoomal: The man who opened batting in India's first ever Test". Cricket Country.
  6. ^ "Hari Naoomal". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 26 February 2024.
  • Indian Cricket 1980 obituary
  • Christopher Martin-Jenkins, The Complete Who's Who of Test Cricketers
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