Bapu Nadkarni, the previous India allrounder recognized for his excessive financial system with the ball, has died aged 86.
Nadkarni, who made his India debut in December 1955, performed 41 Test matches, scoring 1414 runs at a median of 25.70 and taking 88 wickets at 29.07. The statistic that outlined him, although, was his financial system fee of 1.67, the second-best in history amongst all bowlers with 50 or extra Test wickets.
Nadkarni took 4 Test-match five-fors along with his left-arm spin, together with a match-winning 6 for 43 in Wellington, throughout India’s historic tour of New Zealand in 1967-68, once they gained their first-ever abroad sequence.
His most well-known efficiency, nevertheless, included no wickets. At the Corporation Stadium in Chennai (then Madras) in January 1964, Nadkarni completed with figures of 32-27-5-0 in England’s first innings, bowling 21 successive maidens (and 21.5 scoreless overs in a row) alongside the best way. It stays the most economical spell of 60 or extra balls in Test cricket.
The 21 successive maidens, in the meantime, have been a file not simply in Tests however in first-class matches too, eclipsing Horace Hazell’s 17 successive maidens for Somerset towards Gloucestershire in 1949. Hugh Tayfield, one other famously economical spinner, had bowled 137 successive dot balls (as towards Nadkarni’s 131) towards England in Durban in January 1957, however that Test match featured eight-ball overs.
Nadkarni was a dependable contributor with the bat as effectively, scoring seven fifties and 100, an unbeaten 122 from No. three towards England in Kanpur. He averaged 40.36 with the bat in first-class cricket, with 14 centuries.