The son of this Indian cricketer remained in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army.
VM. Mudaya played two Tests for India. (symbolic picture)
This player of the Indian team started his cricket career as a batsman. After that he became a fast bowler and then became an off-spinner. Although he did not reduce his run-up of 15 steps in spin bowling as well. This player first joined the Indian Air Force, then played cricket and then became an air traffic controller. Later retired as Wing Commander. The life of this player of Team India is very interesting. The name of this cricketer is VM Muddiah i.e. Venkatappa Musandra Muddaiah. Mudaya was born on this day i.e. 8 June 1929 in Bangalore.
VM. Mudaya joined the Indian Air Force in the year 1948. Then soon he was found unfit to fly. He left the Air Force and started playing cricket for Mysore in 1951-52. The very next year, he was called in the Indian Air Force as an air traffic controller. He remained the Wing Commander till his voluntary retirement in 1979. He made a stellar start to his first-class cricket career while playing for Services against Southern Punjab in 1949. In this match, Mudaya took 8 wickets for 54 runs in the first innings and took 4 wickets for 43 runs in the second innings.
Pakistan’s top order destroyed
Mudaiya toured England in 1959 and took 30 wickets in first-class matches but could not play a single Test. In 1959-60 against Australia, he got a chance for Test debut in Delhi, but could not take a single wicket. A year later, he played his second and last Test for India. This match was against Pakistan. In this, Mudaya took the wickets of Mushtaq Mohammad, Hanif Mohammad and Imtiaz Ahmed.
took 6 wickets in eight overs in the Ranji semi-finals
Mudaya made exceptional performances for Mysore in the 1951–52 Ranji Trophy semi-final against Bombay. In this match, Bombay’s team scored 163 runs for 1 wicket in the first day’s play. After this it rained in the night and then in the next day’s play, Mudaya played a key role in taking six wickets in eight overs to bundle Bombay for 205. In the year 1980, Mudaya also got help from the Karnataka government. The state government gave him 5 acres of land outside Bangalore, where Mudaya used to run his farm. Mudaya had two daughters and a son. The son was appointed as a lieutenant colonel in the army.
175 wickets in 61 matches
VM. Mudaiya has participated in only 2 test matches for the Indian cricket team. In this he has taken three wickets. His best performance was taking two wickets for 40 runs in the innings. Apart from this, only 11 runs came out in Test cricket from Mudaya’s bat. Mudaya also took part in 61 first-class matches. In these, he dismissed 175 batsmen. Among them, the performance of taking 8 wickets for 54 runs in the innings was the best. He took five or more wickets in an innings 10 times while taking ten or more wickets in a match once. Mudaya also scored 805 runs in 61 matches. During this, he averaged 13.87 while four half-centuries also came off his bat.
Team India embarrassed as soon as they reached England, lost 4 wickets on zero runs, the bowler making his debut wreaked havoc