> I am looking around the All-Time Indian XI's posted in RSC, the most
> recent one I found is Mike Holmans' 2002 list.
> SM Gavaskar
> VM Merchant
> D Vengsarkar
> SR Tendulkar
> VS Hazare
> CK Nayudu
> N Kapil Dev (c)
> SMH Kirmani (k)
> EAS Prasanna
> Amar Singh
> BS Chandrasekhar
> I think after the Australian tour, this list needs an update,
> Rahul Dravid in for Dilip Vengsarkar. Not sure about about CK Nayudu,
Old article I had posted: Try 2
evidently the link did not come through: So prose is put in
I do not know if my previous 4 attempts at posting to this thread
succeeded or not. If they did, i do apologise for taking extra
Anyway, I want to jump into the discussion on Indian Legends
nominating these 7 players for starters from 1930s.
(DB Deodhar, KM Mistry, Duleep, Ranji have to wait).
CK Nayudu : The Father of Indian Cricket
Lala Amarnath : The Stormy Petrel
Merchant & Mushtaq : Prose & Poetry
Of course Thunder & Lightening ( Nasser & Amar Singh)
& DD Hindelkar.
I would start with deeds of an Indore born sportsman (not Dravid, his
CK played first class cricket for first time in 1919 with Cooch Behar
and graduated to quadrangular where he was a regular member of the
side. In 1926, he foiled a ploy by Hindu captain Vithal and saved a
of a chap he had met for first time. ("Are you the ramaswamy of
whatever happens, you are padding up to bat").
Ramaswamy scored a ton then and 14 years later was to add 73 in 48
with CK vs Voce & Farnes at their fastest.
In 1932, in face of stiff opposition from section of team , he lead
dignity and saw a fledgling Indian XI to 11 first class wins under
Scored 1600 at 40 and bowled adequately.
in 1936, humiliated by previous patron and saw a trusted colleague
home on trumped up charge, with skipper offering test caps to those
abuse him, he still averaged in 40s (he was 40 years of age),
his bowling drew admiration from certain Wally Hammond and coming at
junction when 2nd test still could be lost added the said 73 in 48
in 3rd test, with india facing innings defeat, hit on chest by an
bouncer which did'nt rise, he valiantly struck out for 2 hours scoring
86 in his swan song, on off , he lead india last time in 1939
vs ceylon and also lead an Indian XI to first win over international
in 1931 when India defeated Ceylon ( Navle & Naomal added 150 for
Still, colonel 's greatest achievemnt was in 26 when he blasted the
attack for 11 sixes and scored 153 in even time.
Shunned by test authorities, returned home in 1946 (at age of 50)
to develop a Ranji side which went to next 6 ranji finals winning him
3 times. retiring in 1953, he was called bya developing weak
to lead them. At age of 62, he took the challenge and took them
(UP) to semifinals scoing 22 & 52 while taking 3 wickets in each
including those of Apte, Umrigar, Ramchand.
He defeated Indian snooker, billiards, chess champions of his time and
extended the squash champion, there is rumour that he beat the tennis
("Are you Ramaswamy of madras") once too.
His life long friend and compatriot DB Deodhar said that but for
caused his early death at age of 72 (DB himself scored a century in
he was the quintennsial sportsman.
The grateful Indians remember the Father of cricket with only statue
up of a cricketer in India (prob. world)
Son was lala amarnath the punjabi prodigy whose 118 delighted the
so much that rich ladies in member's stands showered jwellery on him
as he returned with his partner in crime a certain CK with whom he
Next season saw him score 3 tons against Ryder 's Australians ,
including 144 in 4 hours for Moinud Dowla XI (the best representative
of its times). Then he would score 3 more vs Tennyson 's including 2
matches (low scoring) in 1937.
1936, he was heading the batting and bowling averages on english tour
was send back. He had recently scored 100 & 130 (India 184 all out)
and took 7 wickets vs Essex.?
in 1939-40, MCC 's chosen side for offical tour of india was far
Tennyson's XI and fate intervened in WWI.
Destroyed the jardine's services and lankans in war time when
Services arrived lead by Hassett, boasting Miller et al.
After 2 tests, Amrnath bowled hassett 3 times in 3 innings.
in 3rd test,Lala started with 113 in 2 hours and 4 wickets to destroy
aussies and won india the test & series.
Russy mody helped too witha 203 :-)
In 1946, he was india 's primary bowler at age of 35, and despite
lumbago, india's reserve keepr, Nimablkar having injured himself.
in first test, took 5 wickets in only english innings.
in second test, took 5 wickets again starting with 4/13 spell which
accounted for Hutton, Washbrook, Hammond.
In second innings took another 3 of 5 to fall.
in 3rdt test, on spinning pitch, english only lost 3 wickets.
Lala took 13 of 28 english test wickets in that series.
he also scored runs in his imperious style and kept wickets on & off.
Ina match vs hampshire, with lot of time lost that hamp captain
had agreed to cancel innings intervals, he ran through side and bowled
last one , hamps automatically followed on and with next ball
he got the same batsman again, getting a batsman out in first class
out twice within a minute.
Then when Merchant 's injury propelled him to skippership to Australia
he enjoyed a great tour not albiet in tests and his leadership skills
commented on by Don himself.
He started off with 144 & 94* vs South Australia where india chasing
287 had simmered down to 16/4 when lala and mankad added 200 , india
finishing with 235/5
Or vs Victoria as lala walked into at score 0/3 (Hazare, Mankad,
and scored 228 out of 403 (6 indians scored ducks) , this innings was
chosen as Innings of 1948-61 period by Times of India for their 150th
Furthermore, Don enjoyed the strategic battles with lala (lala & he
tailenders to open at times in the series) and the spirit of
in which the series took place.
Returning, he lead india out of 3 consec. positions of defeat to draw,
in calcutta took up the challenge of scoring 431 in a day and 110
fates and dew conspired to rob him of 60 minutes on last day as India
overnight added 270 in 5 hours with he himself going hammer & tongs at
when match was called off India 330/3.
Even in the final test, Indian keeper was injured and lala took up
took 4 catches and set up victory target of 360, when both openers
cheaply on 4rth evening, he walked in very angry & furious (mushtaq
recalled later ) and smashed 37 runs in 28 balls , Modi, Hazare then
over (both commenting on lala 's innings as inspiring) and with
8 down at 320 (rememeber keeper could not bat), Phadkar smashed
to reach 355 with windies delaying tactics like 6 drinks breaks &
keeper walcott dropping his gloves and runing to boundary to collect
saving their bacon.
anyway, he got into a fight with management again to not included over
years and then Vizzy making up with him, returned as Indian captain &
won the first offical series for India vs pakistan, himself starting
ball rolling with 4 wickets in a furious spell (hanif, kardar et al)
at age of 42.
In second test, with india nearing defeat, (7 rookies in side),
he smashed fzal & khan mohammed to score unconquered 61.
retired from cricket, he was called back to lead india vs commonwealth
in 1957 age of 46 and lead india to win (this was to celebrate india
silver jublee in tests). Umrigar did good by 2 tons too.
retired soon after taking 4 wickets for 0 runs in Ranji in 1958.
Served as Indian chairman of selectors and trusted kenny and took a
Patel which saw one of the greatest indian wins all time at kanpur
of course, 2 of the sons added to the splendour of the name of
(Like KapilDev, his name is Amarnath, lala being a nick name, surname
Then we come to the holy ghost, Vijay Merchant
started with 19* & 67* vs jardine 's MCC who called him india 's
bat, had precisely 23 first class matches when he went to UK where he
23 more , scoring 1700 runs at 52. carrying bat in both innings of
with a 36 in first test (on a minefield), 114 adding 203 in 135
with Mushtaq india 368 runs behind or 52 in 3rd test.
He had a bad time vs tennyson's team scoring only 97 in 9 innings
was not the problem, breakup with mentor LP Jai was the cause)
scored 137 & 36 vs wickramsinge 's ceylon but had another bad moment
of his buddy Amar Singh, he was 32. (amar & vijay named their first
after each other)
scored 200 (including 98 in a session) vs Jardine's services.
Hit 2 valiant tons to save 1st 2 tests includinga massive 155* vs
services, he was robbed of captaincy to england but played still
runs in 27 matches. including a marvellous 128 on wet wicket in 3rd
Injury forced him out of next two years of cricket.
On return, he lead india in first 2 test vs CXI when he got injured
Hazare took over winning 2 tests and scoring 675 runs.
He lead india vs second CXI and scored well and best was 107 on last
series on a horrible wicket.
In next test, scored 154 vs Howard's englishmen, in fielding, his
reoccured and he left test cricket for good.
His career spanned 18 years of which 6 were lost to war & 4 to injury.
In 1963, another blow in ICC ruling took place robbing him of test
record and cutting his career from 25 tests to mere 10.
Lala 's career too was cut by this ruling from 34 to 24 tests.
Their rivalry was legendary Merchant was later
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