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Nayan Mongia

Nayan Mongia
Personal information
Born (1969-12-19) 19 December 1969 (age 54)
Baroda, Gujarat, India
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches 44 140
Runs scored 1,442 1,272
Batting average 24.03 20.19
100s/50s 1/6 0/2
Top score 152 69
Catches/stumpings 99/8 110/45
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  India
ACC Asia Cup
Winner 1995 United Arab Emirates
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 4 February 2006

Nayan Ramlal Mongia pronunciation (born 19 December 1969) is a former Indian cricketer and cricket coach. He was a right-handed batsman and a wicketkeeper. He was part of the Indian squad which won the 1995 Asia Cup.

Nayan Mongia was accused of match-fixing against West Indies as he gobbled up 21 balls to make a mere 4 runs along with Manoj Prabhakar who made a slow century. This resulted in West Indies win the match by 43 runs. Mongia was dropped from the team in the year 2001. He was a lower order wicket-keeper batsman and batted occasionally on 7th or 8th position. He has represented India in 2 World Cups, 1996 and 1999.

Playing career

First tour of England

In his first tour to England in 1990, he impressed Alan Knott, who claimed Mongia was a player with natural talent. Mongia has spent many years as India's second successful wicket-keeper after Kiran More, Mongia made his debut in the Indian international cricket team in the mid-1990s and from there, he was considered as India's number one choice as a wicket keeper

Opening and highest score

Mongia scored his maiden Test century against Australia in the one-off Test during the latter's tour of India in 1996–97, in Delhi. Opening the batting, he scored 152 on a "slow turning wicket of low bounce".[1] Writing for the Indian Express, former cricketer Ian Chappell called it an innings of "skill, patience and concentration".[2] Mongia was dropped from the team after dissent and allegations of match-fixing.[3] Mongia retired from first class cricket in December 2004.[4]

He also took 5 catches in an ODI match twice. His record was later broken by M. S. Dhoni who achieved this feat 4 times in his career.[5]

In 183 first-class matches, starting in November 1989, he made 353 catches and 43 stumpings, and scored over 7000 runs.In international cricket, Mongia played 44 Tests ending his Test career in an epic Kolkata Test against Australia national cricket team in March 2001.[6]

Coaching career

In 2004, he was taken as a coach for Thailand national cricket team. Mongia has also been coach for 2004 ACC Trophy in Malaysia. Along with the national team, he was also appointed as a coach for Thailand national under-19 cricket team as well.[7]

Match fixing allegations

In the year 2000, Mohommad Azharuddin told CBI that he took money from bookies to fix a match, he also revealed that Ajay Jadeja and Nayan Mongia were involved in fixing.[8] Ex- secretary of BCCI Jayawant Lele in his book alleged Mongia for fixing and playing intentionally slow, in his book 'I was there- Memories of a Cricket administrator'. As per Lele, Mongia was isolated in dressing room, he wrote 3 incidents which might had raised suspicions on Mongia by his fellow player like Tendulkar, Ganguly and caused his isolation. Per Lele 'In 1994's Kanpur ODI against West Indies, Mongia deliberately played slow and scored 16 runs in 9 overs, India lost that match'. He came under investigation after this match. Mongia denied Lele's allegations.[9] His name was in the report of CBI with Mohommad Azharuddin. Later his charges got lifted and he returned in national team. He was the part of the match at Eden gardens, when India defeated Australia in the test in 2001.[10]

In media

  • I Was There-Memoirs of a Cricket Administrator – A book authored by former BCCI secretary Jayawant Lele. In it Lele told his experience of his days as administrator and alleged Mongia was involved in match fixing.[9]


  1. ^ "Marvellous Mongia floors 'em". The Indian Express. 12 October 1996. Archived from the original on 20 April 1997. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  2. ^ Chappell, Ian (12 October 1996). "Mongia's effort adds to selectors' headache". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 26 May 1997. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Match-fixing report: The main points". BBC. 1 November 2000. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Nayan Mongia announces retirement". The Hindu. 22 December 2004. Archived from the original on 18 January 2005. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Records. One-Day Internationals. Wicketkeeping records. Most dismissals in an innings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  6. ^ Mongia announces his retirement
  7. ^ Nayan Mongia to coach Thailand
  8. ^ "Wrong 'uns". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  9. ^ a b "Teammates believed Mongia was involved". The Indian Express. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  10. ^ Bose, Saibal (23 December 2004). "Nayan Mongia quits, blames it on More". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
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