Pankaj Roy

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Pankaj Roy
Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy after record breaking opening stand 1956.jpg
Pankaj Roy (left) and Vinoo Mankad returning to the pavilion after their world record setting opening partnership of 413 runs. Madras, 11 January 1956. Their record stood for 52 years.
Personal information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 43 185
Runs scored 2442 11868
Batting average 32.56 42.38
100s/50s 5/9 33/50
Top score 173 202*
Balls bowled 104 1146
Wickets 1 21
Bowling average 66.00 30.85
5 wickets in innings - 1
10 wickets in match - -
Best bowling 1/6 5/53
Catches/stumpings 16/- 74/-
Source: [1]

Pankaj Roy About this sound pronunciation  (31 May 1928 – 4 February 2001) was an Indian cricketer. A right-handed opening batsman, he is best known for establishing the world record opening partnership of 413 runs, together with Vinoo Mankad, against New Zealand at Chennai. The record stood until 2008. He was honoured with the Padma Shri. His nephew Ambar Roy and son Pranab Roy also played Test cricket for India.

First class career[edit]

Roy played domestic cricket in India for Bengal cricket team. He scored a century on his first-class debut in 1946-47 and went on to score 33 hundreds, scoring a total of 11868 first class runs at 42.38.

Test career[edit]

When England toured India in 1951, Roy was selected for the Indian squad and made his Test debut at Delhi. Despite making just 12 in his debut innings he scored 2 centuries in the series. The following summer he toured England and had a contrasting series, making 5 ducks in his 7 innings, including Frank Tyson's debut first class wicket. This tally included a pair at Old Trafford. He would hit five Test centuries for India, with a top score of 173.

He captained India in a Test match in England in 1959, which India lost.

Preceded by
Datta Gaekwad
Indian National Test Cricket Captain
1959 (1 Test Match)
Succeeded by
Datta Gaekwad