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Vijay Manjrekar

Vijay Manjrekar
Personal information
Full name
Vijay Laxman Manjrekar
Born(1931-09-26)26 September 1931
Bombay (now Mumbai), Bombay Presidency, British India (now in Maharashtra, India)
Died18 October 1983(1983-10-18) (aged 52)
Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm offbreak
RoleBatsman
RelationsSanjay Manjrekar (son)
Dattaram Hindlekar (uncle)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 59)30 December 1951 v England
Last Test27 February 1965 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1949–1956Bombay
1953–1954Bengal
1957Andhra
1957Uttar Pradesh
1959–1966Rajasthan
1966–1970Maharashtra
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 55 198
Runs scored 3,208 12,832
Batting average 39.12 49.92
100s/50s 7/15 38/56
Top score 189* 283
Balls bowled 204 1,411
Wickets 1 20
Bowling average 44.00 32.85
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/16 4/21
Catches/stumpings 19/2 72/6
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 8 June 2019

Vijay Laxman Manjrekar pronunciation (26 September 1931 – 18 October 1983) was an Indian cricketer who played 55 Tests. He represented several teams (Andhra, Bengal, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh) in his first-class career. A small man, he was a fine cutter and hooker of the ball. He is the father of Sanjay Manjrekar.

Career

Manjrekar's Test match debut came against England at Calcutta in 1951, making a composed 48. He scored his first Test hundred in June 1952 against England at Headingley making 133. It was his first Test in England and he was just 20 at the time. When he came in to bat his side was in trouble at 3/42 and faced a formidable lineup of bowlers in Fred Trueman, Alec Bedser and Jim Laker.

Manjrekar was part of the squad of India's tour of the Caribbean in 1952–53.[1] Manjrekar finished the tour with three centuries, the most for India, with one coming off in the Fifth and final Test of the series against the West Indies.[2] Having been promoted up the order to number three, Manjrekar reached 50 in 140 minutes. His next 50 runs came in 80 minutes. He put on a 237-run stand with opener Pankaj Roy for the second wicket, both playing attacking cricket, before the former was caught in the slips while playing a cut at 118. His innings included 15 fours.[3] The match ended in a draw resulting in the West Indies winning the Test series 1–0. Manjrekar finished 256 runs at 36.28.[4] Overall, he was India's second best batsman in the tour in terms of numbers: he made 681 runs at 56.75.[5] Reviewing his performance in the Test series, the Indian Express wrote, "Manjrekar, who had established himself as India's No. 3 batsman, was at is best against fast bowling and when King committed the indiscretion of bowling bumpers at him he rarely failed to hook them neatly to the boundary."[6] In the next series, a tour to Pakistan in 1954–55, Manjrekar averaged 44.83 and made 269 runs in five Tests.[7] In a tour that included other first-class games, he averaged 62.36 overall and made three centuries.[8]

Manjrekar put on 222 with Vijay Hazare in an innings that suggested he would be a force to be reckoned with in the future. He would however fail to fulfill his early promise and faced problems with his weight and footwork. He would eventually finish with a Test batting average of 39, a disappointment for a man capable of averaging well into the 40s. His finest series came against England in India 1961–62 when he made 586 runs at an average of 83.71. This included the highest score of his seven centuries, with 189 at Delhi. Another notable performance was in 1964–65 where his innings of 59 and 39 helped India to a Test victory over Australia. He scored a century in his final Test innings, coming against New Zealand at Madras in February 1965.

He held the record (subsequently beaten by Jonathan Trott) for the most Test runs scored (3,208) without hitting a single six.[9] He was among the four victims (others being Pankaj Roy, Dattajirao Gaekwad and Madhav Mantri) in India's miserable 0/4 start in the second innings of the Headingley Test of 1952 with Trueman playing havoc.

Manjrekar was also an occasional offspinner and occasional wicket-keeper.

He played for six teams in the Ranji Trophy, representing Bombay, Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra. He had a prolific career in the tournament, scoring 3,734 runs at an average of 57.44.

He died aged 52 in Madras on 18 October 1983.

References

  1. ^ Ramchand, Gulabrai (20 April 2006). "Sailing by banana boat to face the Three Ws | ESPNcricinfo.com". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  2. ^ "India in West Indies Jan/Apr 1953 – Statistical Highlights". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Manjrekar Also Hits Century". The Indian Express. 4 April 1953. p. 4.
  4. ^ "Youngsters Corner Glory in Tests". The Indian Express. No. 8 April 1953. p. 5.
  5. ^ "Umrigar And Gupte Averages". The Indian Express. No. 11 April 1953. p. 3.
  6. ^ "Future of Indian Cricket Bright". The Indian Express. No. 9 April 1953. p. 6.
  7. ^ "Records / India in Pakistan Test Series 1954/55 / Most Runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  8. ^ FIRST-CLASS BATTING AND FIELDING FOR INDIANS, INDIA IN PAKISTAN 1954/55 at CricketArchive (subscription required)
  9. ^ Walmsley, Keith (2003). Mosts Without in Test Cricket. Reading, England: Keith Walmsley Publishing Pty Ltd. p. 457. ISBN 0947540067..
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