Today (April 4) is the birthday of former Indian all-rounder Bapu Nadkarni, who will always be remembered as the most stingy bowler in the country. Bapu Nadkarni died on 17 January this year in Mumbai at the age of 86.
He was born in 1933 in Nashik, Maharashtra. Nadkarni was a left-handed batsman and left arm spinner. He scored 1414 runs in 41 Tests for India and took 88 wickets. His best performance was six wickets for 43 runs. He was among the top cricketers in Mumbai.
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Nadkarni played 191 first class matches in which he took 500 wickets and scored 8880 runs. He made his Test debut in New Delhi against New Zealand in 1955 and also played his last Test match in Auckland in 1968 against the same opponent, led by MAK Pataudi. He is however remembered for scoring 21 consecutive overs.
Bapu Nadkarni gave the England team a run for runs at the Nehru Stadium in Madras (now Chennai) in 1964. He bowled 131 consecutive balls in that match, not scoring a single run. He bowled 27 maidens in 32 overs, with 21 consecutive maidens. His bowling analysis was 32-27-5-0.
The ICC also tweeted recalling him.
His bowling analysis was 32-27-5-0 in the Madras (now Chennai) Test match. He was known for bowling economically. His bowling analysis was 32–24–23–0 in Kanpur and 34–24–24–1 in Delhi in 1960–61 against Pakistan.
When he died, ‘God of Cricket’ Sachin Tendulkar also paid tribute. He wrote, ‘I grew up listening to your record of bowling. Tribute from my side. ‘