Former versatile Bapu Nadkarni from India dies at age 86

MUMBAI: former all-terrain Bapu of India Nadkarni , known for playing a record of 21 consecutive maidens in a test match against England, died Friday, family sources confirmed.

Nadkarni was 86 and is survived by his wife and two daughters.

He died from problems related to old age, said his son-in-law Vijay Khare.

Nadkarni, a left-handed batsman and slow-left arm orthodox bowler, played 41 Tests in which I scored 1414 runs and grabbed 88 wickets with 6/43 as his best bowling figures.

Nadkarni was a Mumbai stalwart having played 191 first-class matches and taken 500 wickets and scored 8880 runs.

The Nashik-born Nadkarni made his Test debut against New Zealand in Delhi in 1955 and played his last Test at Auckland against the same opponents in 1968 under MAK Pataudi's captaincy.

However, he got up to frame after he knocked down 21 successive maidens. His figures in that Madras test (now Chennai) read 32-27-5-0.

He was known more for his accuracy, as he also had test match figures like the 1960-61 series against Pakistan, where he returned with figures of 32-24-23-0 in Kanpur, followed by 34-24-24-1 in Delhi.

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