Keki Tarapore

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Keki Tarapore
Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 40
Runs scored 2 441
Batting average 2.00 11.30
100s/50s -/- -/-
Top score 2 42
Balls bowled 114 10847
Wickets - 148
Bowling average - 28.77
5 wickets in innings - 5
10 wickets in match - -
Best bowling - 8/91
Catches/stumpings -/- 16/-
Source: [1]

Keki Khurshedji Tarapore About this sound pronunciation  (17 December 1910, Bombay – 15 June 1986, Pune, Maharashtra) was an Indian cricketer who played in one Test in 1948.

Tarapore played as the understudy to Vinoo Mankad, the first of the three or four such left arm spinners, against West Indies in 1948-49. His short international career was thus described by Sujit Mukherjee:

The earliest experiment – a hapless guinea-pig – was greyed Keki Tarapore who was thrust into whirling West Indian blades in the Delhi Test of 1948. Only three wickets fell to Indian bowlers on each of the first two days and Tarapore was conspicuously innocent of them all; so the mammoth crowd diverted itself by tormenting the poor man who at thirty eight (his first class career dated back to the (first) Pentangular), was not the most agile man in the field.

While fielding at deep extra cover on the second day in this match, Tarapore injured his fingers while trying to stop a four hit by Robert Christiani off Vinoo Mankad. He had to leave the field, and when he came back, the crowd barracked him every time he touched the ball. [1]

Four months after his only Test, Tarapore played his last first class match - the Ranji final between Bombay and Baroda - where he bowled 99 overs.

Tarapore later went into cricket administration. He managed the Indian teams to England in 1967 and West Indies in 1970-71. He served as the secretary of Cricket Club of India from 1954 to 1982.

He died after being knocked down by a moped.


  • There are two Keki Tarapores in Indian cricket. The other Tarapore (1922–2001) was better known as a coach. He was based in Bangalore and mentored many Karnataka juniors some of whom went on to play for India.


  • Sujit Mukherjee, Playing for India, Orient Longman (1988)
  • Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Who's who of Test cricketers (1986)
  1. ^ Indian Express, November 12, 1948