India’s most economical bowler Bapu Nadkarni passes away

Former India all-rounder Bapu Nadkarni, best known for bowling a record 21 successive maiden overs in a Test match, has breadth his last on Friday at the age of 86. 


He left his wife and two daughters. “He died of old-age related problems,” his son-in-law Vijay Khare told PTI.

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Nadkarni made his Test debut in 1955 against New Zealand in Delhi. After thirteen years of career, he appeared in his last Test at Auckland against the Kiwis.

His most notable performance was against England. In January 1964, Nadkarni stood with a figure of 32-27-5-0 in the opponent’s first innings that contained 21 consecutive maiden overs.

In 1960-61, Nadkarni recorded 32-24-23-0 against Pakistan in Kanpur. Again in 1960-61 home series against Pakistan in Delhi, Nadkarni’s stand out figure marked 34-24-24-1.

The slow-left arm orthodox bowler played 41 Tests in which he scored 1414 runs and claimed 88 wickets with 6/43 as his best bowling figures. With the bat, he scored seven half centuries and a single hundred. His best innings was 122 against England.

He also appeared in 191 first-class matches and taken 500 wickets and scored 8880 runs. He averaged 40.36 with the bat in first-class cricket, with 14 centuries.

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