'Miserly' Bapu Nadkarni was a gentleman to the core, remember stars

MUMBAI: The tributes flowed freely from the greats of Indian cricket when they heard the 'sad news' of the death of former multi-faceted Rameshchandra Gangaram 'Bapu' Nadkarni of India. Known for his highly economical spells, Bapu passed away after a long illness in a hospital here on Friday.

He was 87 years old. Bapu lived most of his life at his home in the famous Sportsfield building in Worli, he was living with his daughter and son-in-law for the last five years in Powai.

Nadkarni took 88 wickets in 41 [email protected] with his left-hand turn, in addition to scoring 1414 [email protected] with one hundred and seven fifty years. Nadkarni was famous for having played 21 consecutive maidens (21.5 overs or 131 balls) in an inning against England on January 12, 1964 at Nehru Stadium (Corporation) in Madras (now Chennai). Their figures read 32-27-5-0.

Bapu1Bapu1 Bapu Nadkarni Bowls in a test against Australia during the 1967 series. (False images)

A breakdown of his four spells read: first spell: 3-3-0-0 (second day), second: 7-5-2-0 (third day), third: 19-18-1-0 (third day) and fourth: 3-1-2-0 (4th day). In the 1960-61 series against Pakistan, he returned with figures of 32-24-23-0 in Kanpur, followed by 34-24-24-1 in Delhi. Its economy rate in 41 Tests was only 1.67 runs per envelope. Against Australia in the Bombay test at Brabourne Stadium in 1959, Nadkarni received 6 of 105 in 51 overs. It is said that he felt humiliated if he was marked a race, and that he would continue to play bowling after ball in the same place to test the patience of the batters.

He was also a brilliant fielder. Veterans still remember a magnificent capture he took while slipping Fazal Mahmood in the 1961 test of Delhi.

He was one of the nicest people you could meet. I learned a lot from him about not giving up. His favorite phrase was 'chhodo mat (don't let it go)'. Indian cricket has lost a true unconditional, Indian batting legend. Sunil Gavaskar He told TOI on Friday. Very sad. My first manager in New Zealand (in 1981). Gentlemen to the core, said the coach of India. Ravi Shastri .


I played against him when he represented ACC, but by then he was quite old. I was starting and I scored 150 for Tatas in that game. Later, I met him when he was the manager of the Indian team when I scored my first Test one hundred in Kolkata against the West Indies. I was hitting 70 or more at lunch when he told me he would give me a watch if I scored a hundred. And he kept his promise! I was appointed captain of India in 1987, recalled the former captain of India. Dilip Vengsarkar .

I grew up listening to his record playing 21 consecutive maidens in a test, he tweeted Sachin Tendulkar .

Nadkarni was the coach of the Indian team that toured Australia in 1981, which saw a major controversy with Sunil Gavaskar threatening a walkout in the Melbourne Test. He was the jt secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) during the 1987 World Cup.

One has an idea about his dedication to the game of a famous incident. In a game against Maharashtra in Nasik in 1974, the Bombay team suffered many injuries. The crisis saw them playing a short fielder. Suddenly, the crowd saw Nadkarni, the 41-year-old team manager, enter the field with his white clothes. The crowd of Nasik burst into applause and found it hard to believe.

In today's limited cricket scenario, he would have been a wonderful bowler. He was a bowler very difficult to hit. Their deliveries used to slide out of the wicket quite quickly. It was impossible to negotiate with the back foot. If the lbw rule would apply today, your account would have been more than three times what it was, said leading coach Vilas Godbole.

He was also a good utility hitter. We talk about how Jasu Patel He took 14 wickets to help India win the Kanpur Test against Australia in 1959, but we forget that Nadkarni's 72-race association with Ramnath Kenny (Kenny made 51 and Nadkarni 46 in No. 8) for the seventh wicket made all the difference (India made 291 in its second inning and then defeated Australia by 105 to win by 119 runs). It was a vital entry, Godbole recalled.