For the Indian cricket team, this batsman made many memorable performances in his short career.
Pochia Krishnamurthy played five Tests and one ODI for India. (symbolic picture)
This Indian cricketer has batted from number 1 to number 11. The only batsman who remained a part of the century partnership even while opening, played the century partnership even while playing at number 11. Who made his debut in the Ranji Trophy at the age of 17. This player was counted among the best Indian wicketkeepers of the early times. He participated in 5 Test matches and 1 ODI for Team India. We are talking about the tall Indian wicket-keeper batsman Pochiah Krishnamurthy. And that too because he was born today i.e. on the 12th of July.
Born in 1947 in Hyderabad, Pochia Krishnamurthy toured England with Team India in 1971 as a backup to Farooq Engineer. Not only this, New Zealand and West Indies also went as a substitute for Syed Kirmani. He played first-class cricket for Hyderabad and during this time he batted from number one to eleven. He later worked for the State Bank of India. His special thing was that he used to do wicketkeeping by standing right behind the stumps even against fast bowlers. Wisden has said about Pochia, even though he did not get a chance to field for India on the 1971 tour of England because by then Farooq Engineer had recovered. But then in nine first-class matches there, he created panic by taking 24 wickets behind the wicket.
Pochia’s profile was like this
Right-handed wicket-keeper batsman Pochia played 5 Test matches and one ODI for the Indian team. In 6 innings of 5 Tests, he scored only 33 runs at a very modest average of 5.50. In these too, his highest score was 20 runs. In the most prestigious format of cricket, he took 7 catches and also put a stump in the account. In the one ODI match he played, 6 runs came off his bat. In this match, he did a catch and a stump behind the wicket. Apart from this, Pochia also played 108 first-class matches, in which he scored 1558 runs in 129 innings at an average of 14.98 while remaining unbeaten 25 times. None of them had a century, but 8 half-centuries were definitely scored. His highest score in a first-class match was 82 runs. At the same time, he took the catches of 150 batsmen behind the wicket and contributed to sending 68 to the pavilion by stumping. There were also 4 List A matches in Pochia’s career. In this, he scored 44 runs at an average of 14.66.
Cricket’s shortest match! The team was all out for just 7 runs, the target was chased in the blink of an eye