Dilip Vengsarkar

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Dilip Vengsarkar
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Vengsarkar in 2011
Personal information
Full name Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar
Born (1956-04-06) 6 April 1956 (age 58)
Rajapur, India
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 139) 24 January 1976 v New Zealand
Last Test 5 February 1992 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 19) 21 February 1976 v New Zealand
Last ODI 14 November 1991 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Years Team
1975–1992 Bombay
1985 Staffordshire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 116 129 260 174
Runs scored 6,868 3,508 17,868 4,835
Batting average 42.13 34.73 52.86 35.29
100s/50s 17/35 1/23 55/87 1/35
Top score 166 105 284 105
Balls bowled 47 6 199 12
Wickets 0 0 1 0
Bowling average 126.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling 1/31
Catches/stumpings 78/– 37/– 179/– 51/–
Source: Cricinfo, 7 February 2010

Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar About this sound pronunciation  (born 6 April 1956) is an Indian cricketer and cricket administrator. He was known as one of the foremost exponents of the drive. He was also known by the nickname 'Colonel'.[1] Along with Sunil Gavaskar and Gundappa Viswanath, he was a key player in the Indian batting line up in the late 70s and early 80s. He went on to play till 1989. He represented Bombay in the Ranji Trophy. For Test matches played in India, he has one of the highest batting averages.

Career[edit]

Vengsarkar made his international cricket debut against New Zealand at Auckland in 1975–76 as an opening batsmen. India won this Test convincingly, but he did not have much success. Later on he usually batted in the No.3 or No.4 position.

He played a memorable innings in 1979 against Asif Iqbal's Pakistan team in the 2nd Test at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. Requiring 390 to win on the final day, he led India's chase getting the team very close to a victory. India ended up with 364 for 6, just 26 runs short of what would have been a remarkable win. With Yashpal Sharma, Kapil Dev and Roger Binny back to the pavilion after Tea break, Vengsarkar saw himself running out of partners and decided to play the last few overs for a draw. He remained unbeaten at 146.

During the 1978–79 Test Series in India against the West Indies, he was involved in a partnership of over 300 runs with Sunil Gavaskar at Calcutta, with both batsman scoring centuries.

He was a member of the 1983 World Champion's team. He had a productive run of scores between 1985 and 1987, where he scored centuries against Pakistan, Australia, England, West Indies and Sri Lanka, many of them in successive games. At this pinnacle of his career, he was rated as the best batsmen in the Coopers and Lybrand rating (a predecessor of the PWC ratings).

While the West Indies pacemen dominated the cricket world, Dilip Vengsarkar was one of the few batsmen who was successful against them, and scored 6 centuries against the likes of Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding and Andy Roberts.

Unique distinction[edit]

He also scored a century at Lord's in 1986 and thereby attaining the distinction of scoring three consecutive Test match centuries at Lord's. For his effort to help India win the Test series in England (a rare feat in itself) he was awarded the Man of the Series award.

Captaincy[edit]

Vengsarkar took over the captaincy from Kapil Dev after the 1987 Cricket World Cup, despite criticism that he missed the semi-final match due to a stomach disorder resulting from sea food allergy. Although he started with two centuries in his first series as captain, his captaincy period was turbulent and he lost the job following a disastrous tour of the West Indies in early 1989 and a stand-off with the Indian cricket board (BCCI).

Dilip Vengsarkar's career performance graph.

Awards[edit]

  • Dilip Vengsarkar was awarded the Arjuna Award for his on-field performances in 1981

Administrator[edit]

In his retirement life, Dilip Vengsarkar started the Elf-Vengsarkar Academy[3] in 1995. Vengsarkar became the Vice-President for the Mumbai Cricket Association in 2003.[4] Though, he was the front runner for the post of the Chairman, Selection Committee, Dilip opted out because of his policy against zonal representation.[5] Dilip Vengsarkar was made the Chairman of the Talent Resource Development Wing (TRDW) when it was created in 2002 to develop cricket talent within the country. The TRDW program also had the support of Brijesh Patel.[6]

In March 2006, BCCI proposed the name of Vengsarkar for match referee,[7] but the proposal did not move forward as Vengsarkar accepted the job as chairman of selectors of the BCCI[8] in September 2006 – in contrast to his stance on zonal representation a decade ago.

He runs three cricket academies, two in Mumbai and one in Pune. These academies give cricket training free of cost to the selected players selected on their skill level.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Dilip Vengasarkar". Wisden Almanack. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  3. ^ "Vengasarkar as Match-Referee". ELF.com. Retrieved 2007-03-14. 
  4. ^ "Vengasarkar wins MCA Elections". Rediff.com. Retrieved 2007-03-14. 
  5. ^ "Vengasarkar outs out of selection committee". Rediff.com. 19 September 1996. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  6. ^ "TRDW – The Way to go". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 2007-03-14. 
  7. ^ "Vengasarkar as Match-Referee". Cricinfo.com. Retrieved 2007-03-14. 
  8. ^ "2006/08 Selection Committee Announcement". Cricinfo.com. Retrieved 2007-03-14. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Kapil Dev
Indian National Test Cricket Captain
1987/88
Succeeded by
Ravi Shastri
Preceded by
Ravi Shastri
Indian National Test Cricket Captain
1987/88–1989/90
Succeeded by
Krishnamachari Srikkanth
Preceded by
Kiran More
Chairman, Selection Committee
October 2006 – September 2008
Succeeded by
Krishnamachari Srikkanth