Shah Nyalchand

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Shah Nyalchand S.
Cricket information
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium pace
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 57
Runs scored 7 420
Batting average 7.00 7/63
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 6* 33
Balls bowled 387 14,419
Wickets 3 235
Bowling average 32.33 22.57
5 wickets in innings - 15
10 wickets in match - 6
Best bowling 3/97 7/32
Catches/stumpings 0 18
Source: [1]

Shah Nyalchand About this sound pronunciation  (14 September 1915, Dhrangadhra, Gujarat – 1 January 1997, Junagadh, Gujarat) was an Indian Test cricketer.

Nyalchand was a left arm medium pace bowler who was particularly effective on matting wickets. His only Test match was against Pakistan at Lucknow in 1952/53, which was one of only two occasions that a matting wicket was used for a Test in India. He returned figures of 3 for 97. Frank Worrell once described Nyalchand as the 'king of matting wickets'.

Nyalchand played 24 seasons of Ranji Trophy, half of which were for Saurashtra. He captained Saurashtra for three seasons. His most successful season was 1961/62 when he took 27 wickets, including a split hat-trick against Maharashtra. During this purple patch, he took ten wickets in three consecutive matches across two seasons. Apart from the Test, he appeared for a few times for zonal sides against visiting teams. He toured East Africa with the Sundar Cricket Club of Bombay in 1957.

Nyalchand was schooled in Sir Ajitsinhji High School in Dhrangdhara. He worked as a draughtsman with the Public Works Department of Gujarat government at Rajkot. He did cricket coaching for a time and was the recipient of an aid from the benefit fund of BCCI. His death was from a massive heart attack.


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