Dilip Vengsarkar scored 6868 in 116 Tests and 3508 runs in 129 ODIs for India. He scored 17 centuries in Tests and a century in ODIs.
Dilip Vengsarkar has also been the former captain of India.
Today is the birthday of former India captain and cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar (Dilip Vengsarkar), known as Colonel. This player coming from Mumbai left an indelible mark in cricket history with his game. Dilip Vengsarkar was known for his brilliant strokeplay but when he came in color, he would have outgrown the feet of any bowling attack in the world. He made a place in the Indian team in 1975 and played international cricket till 1992. When he retired, he was second only to Sunil Gavaskar in scoring runs and scoring centuries in Tests. The Lord’s ground in England was his favorite. He was the first foreign cricketer to score three consecutive centuries there. After being a cricketer, he also became the selector of the Indian men’s cricket team. In addition, he also runs his cricket academy in Mumbai. Dilip Vengsarkar was born on 6 April 1956 in Rajapur, Maharashtra.
Dilip Vengsarkar made headlines in the year 1975. Then in the Irani Trophy, he played a tremendous innings of 110 runs against the rest of India while playing for Bombay. He played this innings in front of spinners like Bishan Singh Bedi and Irapalli Prasanna. At that time Bedi and Prasanna used to speak in world cricket. In such a situation, Vengsarkar showed a glimpse of his talent by scoring runs in front of them. Soon he got a place in the Indian team but it took time to get success. His journey to Team India started in 1976 with the tour of New Zealand. The 1977–78 tour of Australia was special for him. In this, he made a mark of himself and firmly established a place in Team India. Then for the next 15 years, he remained the identity of the Indian Test team. Vengsarkar batting at number three for a long time and scored runs. In the Kolkata Test against West Indies in 1978-79, he added 344 runs with Sunil Gavaskar, which is the Indian record of partnership for the second wicket.
Eight centuries in 16 Tests
Long and slim physique Vengsarkar used to get up to applause in the hands of the watchers when he used to drive a shot. But he did not back down from playing pull and hook shots. In the 1970s and 1980s, he found a place in India’s finest batsmen. At the end of the 80s, there was no batsman like him in the whole world. He scored eight centuries in 16 Tests between 1986 and 1988. Due to this performance, he surpassed all the legendary batsmen of his era. With this game, he also became the number one batsman in the rankings. Till March 2, 1989, he was the Test batsman at world number for almost 21 months.
The charisma of scoring three centuries at Lord’s
He also played an important role in India winning the Test series in England tour in 1986. He was the man of the series on this tour. He also had the charisma of scoring three consecutive centuries by scoring a third century at Lord’s. This is the highest number of centuries at Lord’s by any foreign batsman. Vengsarkar was also included in the 1983 World Cup winning team. Later, he also became the captain of Team India but had to relinquish this responsibility only after 10 Tests. The reason for this was the disputed tour of America in 1989. Due to going on this tour, there was a lot of ruckus and his captaincy continued. In such a situation, the place was also removed from the team, but soon came back. But then the game is not playing as before.
Vengsarkar scored 6868 runs in 116 Tests and 3508 runs in 129 ODIs for India. He scored 17 centuries in Tests and a century in ODIs. In the first class career, he scored 17868 runs in 260 matches with the help of 55 centuries and 87 half-centuries. Similarly, in 174 List A matches, 4835 runs are registered in their names.
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