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Pankaj Roy

Pankaj Roy
Pankaj Roy (left) and Vinoo Mankad returning to the pavilion after their world record opening partnership of 413 runs, Madras, 11 January 1956. Their record stood for 52 years.
Personal information
Born(1928-05-31)31 May 1928
Dacca, Bengal Presidency, British India (now Bangladesh)
Died4 February 2001(2001-02-04) (aged 72)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 54)2 November 1951 v England
Last Test2 December 1960 v Pakistan
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 43 185
Runs scored 2,442 11,868
Batting average 32.56 42.38
100s/50s 5/9 33/50
Top score 173 202*
Balls bowled 104 1,146
Wickets 1 21
Bowling average 66.00 30.85
5 wickets in innings 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/6 5/53
Catches/stumpings 16/– 74/–
Source: CricInfo, 5 March 2017

Pankaj Roy (pronunciation; 31 May 1928 – 4 February 2001) was an Indian cricketer who played in 43 test matches, including once as captain.[1][2][3] He was a right-handed opening batsman, perhaps best known for establishing the world record opening partnership in Test cricket of 413 runs, together with Vinoo Mankad, against New Zealand at Chennai. The record stood until 2008. Roy played for Bengal in domestic matches. In 2000, he was appointed as the Sheriff of Kolkata. He has been honoured with the Padma Shri.[4][5] His nephew Ambar Roy and son Pranab Roy also played Test cricket for India. He was a student of Vidyasagar College.[6] In 2016, he was posthumously awarded the C. K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honour conferred by BCCI on a former player.[7]

First-class career

Roy played domestic cricket in India for the Bengal cricket team. He scored a century on his first-class debut in 1946–47 and went on to score 33 hundreds, scoring a total of 11868 first class runs at 42.38.

Test career

When England toured India in 1951, Roy was selected for the Indian squad and made his Test debut at Delhi. Despite making just 12 in his debut innings he scored 2 centuries in the series. The following summer he toured England and had a contrasting series, making 5 ducks in his 7 innings, including Frank Tyson's debut first class wicket. This tally included a pair at Old Trafford. He was among the four victims (others being Datta Gaekwad, Vijay Manjrekar and Madhav Mantri) in India's miserable 0–4 start in the second innings of the Headingley Test of 1952 with Fred Trueman playing havoc. He would hit five Test centuries for India, with a top score of 173.

He captained India in a Test match in England in 1959, which India lost.


Cited sources

  1. ^ দাশ, কৌশিক. "Cricket Celebs | বাংলার প্রথম ক্রিকেট যোদ্ধা". (in Bengali). Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  2. ^ "South Africa set new opening mark". 1 March 2008. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  3. ^ "OUR SPORTSMEN". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954-2014)" (PDF). 15 November 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  5. ^ "Pankaj Roy". Archived from the original on 14 October 2022. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  6. ^ Basu, Prabhash (6 September 2021). Peekay theWayfarer Tea Planter. p. 16.
  7. ^ "BCCI honours Indian legends Anshuman Gaekwad and Pankaj Roy". International Cricket Council. 29 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2023.

Further reading

Preceded byDatta Gaekwad Indian National Test Cricket Captain 1959 (1 Test Match) Succeeded byDatta Gaekwad

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