L. P. Jai

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L.P. Jai
Personal information
Batting style Right-hand bat (RHB)
Bowling style n/a
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 67
Runs scored 19 3,231
Batting average 9.50 31.99
100s/50s 0/0 6/19
Top score 19 156
Balls bowled - 210
Wickets - 3
Bowling average - 44.66
5 wickets in innings - 0
10 wickets in match - 0
Best bowling - 1/6
Catches/stumpings 0 26
Source: [1]

Laxmidas Purshottamdas Jai About this sound pronunciation  (born on 1 April 1902, Bombay - died on 29 January 1968, Bombay) was a major figure in Indian cricket between the wars.

Jai was a graceful right-handed stroke-player. Most of his finer innings came in the Bombay Quadrangular competition. He captained Bombay to the title in the first ever Ranji Trophy championship.

He was selected to tour England with the Indian team in 1932 but, along with Vijay Merchant and Champak Mehta, refused on political grounds. His only Test was the first ever in India. He toured England in 1936 but a broken finger restricted his appearances.

He was a selector in the 1950s, before resigning over a dispute during the 1958/59 series against West Indies. The trophy awarded to the scorer of the fastest hundred in Ranji trophy every season was named after him.

Career[edit]

As was the case with cricketers prior to commercial sponsorships, Jai was employed by the Imperial Bank of India, later State Bank of India, by way of a job for life. This helped to nurture his hobby, philately. He became an eminent philatelist, being in a position to "rescue" every stamped envelope that came to the bank every day. He specialised in British Empire stamps.

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