Palwankar Baloo

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Palwankar Baloo
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Personal information
Full namePalwankar Baloo
Born(1876-03-19)19 March 1876
Dharwad, Bombay Presidency, British India
Died4 July 1955(1955-07-04) (aged 79)
Bombay, Bombay State, India
BowlingLeft-arm orthodox spin
RelationsBP Shivram (brother), P Ganpat (brother), P Vithal (brother), YB Palwankar (son)
Domestic team information
First-class debut8 February 1906 Hindus v Europeans
Last First-class8 December 1920 Hindus v Parsees
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 33
Runs scored 753
Batting average 13.69
100s/50s –/3
Top score 75
Balls bowled 6431
Wickets 179
Bowling average 15.21
5 wickets in innings 17
10 wickets in match 4
Best bowling 8/103
Catches/stumpings 12/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 27 January 2009

Palwankar Baloo (19 March 1876 – 4 July 1955) was an Indian cricketer, an accurate left-arm orthodox spin bowler, and in later life a politician. A teammate later said of him, "no other cricketer had to fight so hard against the difficulties and dangers inflicted by both man and nature".[1]

A Dalit ("untouchable"), in later life he worked with B.R. Ambedkar, the main architect of the Constitution of India, for Dalit rights and on the nationalist project. When he died, his funeral was attended by national leaders as well as cricketers.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Kidambi, Prashant (2019), Cricket Country: An Indian Odyssey in the Age of Empire, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-01-98843-13-9

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