Dattatraya Gajanan "Dattu" Phadkar
(12 December 1925, Kolhapur
– 17 March 1985, Chennai
) was an all-rounder
who represented India
in Test cricket
Phadkar was an attacking middle order batsman, a medium pace bowler who could swing the ball both ways and extract life from the wicket, and usually fielded in the slips. He was one of the cricketing heart-throbs of his day.
Phadkar was educated in Bombay
in the Robert Money High School and took the B.A degree from Elphinstone College. He represented Bombay University between 1941/42 and 1946/47. At the age of 10, he scored 156 in an inter-school match. On his collegiate debut, he hit 274 which was then a record. He underwent training at Alf Gover
's cricket school.
Picked for the Indian tour of Australia in 1947/48, Phadkar shone more with the bat than the ball. On his debut on a difficult wicket at Sydney
he hit 51 while batting at eight and took 3 for 14. Promoted to No.6, he scored 123 at Adelaide
and added a record 188 for the sixth wicket with Vijay Hazare
. Phadkar went on to top the batting averages and scored at least a fifty in all the four Tests that he played.
Next year against West Indies
, Phadkar took 7 for 159 which remained his career best bowling. But his efforts at bowling bouncers in this match led to the West Indian bowlers reacting in kind and the defeat of India. In the exciting last Test where India needed 361 and ended up six runs short, Phadkar hit 37 not out.
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