Brijesh Patel

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Brijesh Patel
Personal information
Full nameBrijesh Pursuram Patel
Born (1952-11-24) 24 November 1952 (age 69)
Baroda, Gujarat, India
BowlingRight-arm off break
RelationsUdit Patel (son) Taryna Patel (daughter)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 131)6 June 1974 v England
Last Test16 December 1977 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 7)13 July 1974 v England
Last ODI16 June 1979 v Sri Lanka
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 21 10
Runs scored 972 243
Batting average 29.45 30.37
100s/50s 1/5 0/1
Top score 115* 82
Catches/stumpings 17/- 1/-
Source: Cricinfo, 11 November 2020

Brijesh Patel About this soundpronunciation  (born 24 November 1952) is an Indian cricketer who played for the Indian national cricket team as a right-handed batsman from 1974 until 1979.[1]


Patel grew up in Bangalore.

He played in 21 test matches from 1974 to 1977, and sustained a batting average of 29.45. He was also a bowler, but was never asked to deliver his right-arm off breaks for his national team. His highest test score was 115 not out.[2] He was regarded as an excellent fielder normally covering areas around cover and point. He has a record of being a player who has never gone for a duck.

While his international cricketing career was not particularly productive, he made 37 hundreds and over 11000 runs in first class cricket. His international career came to a premature end because of his suspect technique against genuine pace. At the time of his retirement, he held the Ranji Trophy records (since bettered) for most runs and hundreds. His talent first became evident as a student in Bishop Cotton Boys School, Bangalore, and he represented his country in a junior team that traveled to Australia. Throughout his career, he represented Karnataka state and captained the team to many victories. He and fellow international Gundappa Vishwanath formed a formidable batting pair.

After his playing days he became cricket administrator. A Jagmohan Dalmiya (Ex President of BCCI) supporter, Patel was appointed the Director of the National Cricket Academy in India until he was replaced in 2005 by another ex-Test cricketer, Shivlal Yadav, the current director of the NCA.

Brijesh Patel has also been the Hon. Secretary of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) since 1999 and controls cricket in Karnataka. Some years ago he was also the Chairman of the National Selection Committee for the Indian national team and resigned after suffering a heart ailment.

Brijesh Patel runs a private cricket coaching academy in Bangalore called B.P.C.A. (Brijesh Patel Cricket Academy), attended by more than 300 boys.


  1. ^ Brijesh Patel ESPN Cricinfo
  2. ^ "Player profile and career statistics". Archived from the original on 5 January 2004. Retrieved 11 November 2020.

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Preceded by Chairman, Selection Committee
October 2002 – September 2003
Succeeded by