List of international cricket five-wicket hauls by B. S. Chandrasekhar

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Top view of the Kennington Oval during a match between Surrey and Yorkshire
Chandrasekhar's six wickets for 38 runs at the Kennington Oval was influential in setting up India's first ever series victory in England.[1]

B. S. Chandrasekhar is a former international cricketer who represented the Indian cricket team between 1964 and 1979.[1] In cricket, a five-wicket haul refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a notable achievement,[2] and 40 bowlers have taken at least 15 five-wicket hauls at the international level as of July 2014.[3] Chandrasekhar played as a leg spin bowler who formed a part of the Indian spin quartet.[note 1][5] Described by West Indies cricketer Viv Richards as the "most difficult" bowler,[6] Chandrasekhar took 16 five-wicket hauls during his international career. He developed an interest in the game when he was a child, watching the playing styles of Australian leg spinner Richie Benaud.[7] Chandrasekhar was affected by polio at the age of five which weakened his right arm.[8] However, he started playing cricket by bowling with the left arm and gradually shifting to his withered right arm as it could offer more spin.[8]

Chandrasekhar made his Test debut in 1964 against England at the Brabourne Stadium, claiming four wickets for 67 runs in the first innings.[9] His first five-wicket haul came against West Indies two years later at the same venue. Chandrasekhar's bowling figures of six wickets for 38 runs in 1971 were instrumental in setting up India's first victory in England. It was noted as the Indian "Bowling Performance of the Century" by Wisden in 2002.[10] His bowling performances in the previous English season led to him being named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1972.[11] His career-best figures for an innings were eight wickets for 79 runs against England at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in December 1972. Chandrasekhar took a pair of five-wicket hauls for the only time in his career when he took 12 wickets for 104 runs against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground; the performance was effective in ensuring India's first victory in Australia.[1] In Tests, he was most successful against England taking eight fifers.[12]

Chandrasekhar played his only One Day International in February 1976 against New Zealand in Eden Park. He claimed three wickets for 36 runs in the match that India lost by 80 runs.[13]

Key[edit]

Symbol Meaning
Date Day the Test started or ODI was held
Inn The innings of the match in which the five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled in that innings
Runs Runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Batsmen The batsmen whose wickets were taken in the five-wicket haul
Econ Bowling economy rate (average runs per over)
Result The result for the Indian team in that match
dagger Chandrasekhar was selected "Bowler of the Match"
double-dagger 10 wickets or more taken in the match
Section-sign One of two five-wicket hauls by Chandrasekhar in a match

Tests[edit]

List of five-wicket hauls taken by B. S. Chandrasekhar in Test cricket
No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 13 December 1966 double-dagger Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai  West Indies 2 61.5 157 7 2.53 Lost[14]
2 22 June 1967 dagger [note 2] Lord's Cricket Ground, London  England 2 53 127 5 2.39 Lost[15]
3 19 August 1971 Kennington Oval, London  England 3 18.1 38 6 2.09 Won[16]
4 20 December 1972 Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi  England 2 41.5 79 8 1.88 Lost[17]
5 30 December 1972 Eden Gardens, Kolkata  England 2 26.2 65 5 2.46 Won[18]
6 12 January 1973 M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai  England 1 38.5 90 6 2.31 Won[19]
7 6 February 1973 Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai  England 2 46.1 135 5 2.92 Drawn[20]
8 24 January 1976 Eden Park, Auckland  New Zealand 1 30[note 3] 94 6 2.35 Won[21]
9 7 April 1976 Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain  West Indies 1 32.2 120 6 3.71 Won[22]
10 21 April 1976 Sabina Park, Kingston  West Indies 2 42 153 5 3.64 Won[23]
11 14 January 1977 M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai  England 3 20.5 50 5 2.40 Lost[24]
12 28 January 1977 Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore  England 2 31.2 76 6 2.42 Won[25]
13 30 December 1977 double-dagger Section-sign Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne  Australia 2 14.1[note 3] 52 6 2.76 Won[26]
14 30 December 1977 double-dagger Section-sign Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne  Australia 4 20[note 3] 52 6 1.95 Won[26]
15 28 January 1978 Adelaide Oval  Australia 1 29.4[note 3] 136 5 3.45 Lost[27]
16 1 December 1978 Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai  West Indies 2 43 116 5 2.69 Drawn[28]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The other members were Bishen Singh Bedi, EAS Prasanna and Srinivas Venkataraghavan.[4]
  2. ^ Chandrasekhar shared the "Bowler of the Match" award with Ray Illingworth.[15]
  3. ^ a b c d Eight-ball overs were bowled in this match.

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bhagwath Chandrasekhar | Cricket Players and Officials". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Pervez, M. A. (2001). A Dictionary of Cricket. Orient Blackswan. p. 31. ISBN 978-81-7370-184-9. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Combined Test, ODI and T20I records / Bowling records". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Ramchand, Partab (15 October 2002). "The birth of a spin quartet". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Menon, Suresh (30 November 2012). "What's wrong with Indian cricket's spin bowlers?". BBC. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Sports Reporter (22 March 2011). "Sehwag reminds Richards of himself". The Hindu. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Bala, Raja (1993). The winning hand: biography of B.S. Chandrasekhar. Rupa & Co. p. 9. ISBN 978-81-7167-113-7. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Patwardhan, Deepti (17 May 2005). "India's reluctant hero". Rediff.com. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "2nd Test: India v England at Mumbai (BS), 21–26 January 1964 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bowling performance of the Century". Wisden. Rediff.com. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year". Wisden. ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Test Bowling Against Each Opponent Bhagwat Chandrasekhar". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "2nd ODI: New Zealand v India at Auckland, 22 February 1976 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "1st Test: India v West Indies at Mumbai (BS), 13–18 December 1966 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "2nd Test: England v India at Lord's, 22–26 June 1967 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "3rd Test: England v India at The Oval, 19–24 August 1971 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "1st Test: India v England at Delhi, 20–25 December 1972 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "2nd Test: India v England at Kolkata, 30 December 1972 – 4 January 1973 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "3rd Test: India v England at Chennai, 12–17 January 1973 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "5th Test: India v England at Mumbai (BS), 6–11 February 1973 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  21. ^ "1st Test: New Zealand v India at Auckland, 24–28 January 1976 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  22. ^ "3rd Test: West Indies v India at Port of Spain, 7–12 April 1976 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "4th Test: West Indies v India at Kingston, 21–25 April 1976 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  24. ^ "3rd Test: India v England at Chennai, 14–19 January 1977 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  25. ^ "4th Test: India v England at Bangalore, 28 January – 2 February 1977 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  26. ^ a b "3rd Test: Australia v India at Melbourne, 30 December 1977 – 4 January 1978 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  27. ^ "5th Test: Australia v India at Adelaide, 28 January – 3 February 1978 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  28. ^ "1st Test: India v West Indies at Mumbai, 1–6 December 1978 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 February 2013.