Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar
(born 6 April 1956 in Rajapur, Maharashtra
) is an Indian cricketer
and cricket administrator. He was one of the most stylish batsmen of his time, known as one of the foremost exponents of the drive
. He was also known by the nickname 'Colonel'.
Vengsarkar made his international cricket debut against New Zealand at Auckland
in 1975-76 as an opening batsmen. India won this Test convincingly, but he did not have much success.
He played a memorable innings in 1979 against Asif Iqbal's Pakistan team in the 2nd Test at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. Requiring 390 to win on the final day, he led India's chase getting the team very close to a victory. India ended up with 364 for 6, just 26 runs short of what would have been a remarkable win. With Yashpal Sharma
, Kapil Dev
and Roger Binny
back to the pavilion after Tea break, Vengsarkar saw himself running out of partners and decided to play the last few overs for a draw. He remained unbeaten at 146.
He was a member of the 1983 World Champion's team
. He had a productive run of scores between 1985 and 1987, where he scored centuries against Pakistan
, Australia, England, West Indies
and Sri Lanka
, many of them in successive games. At this pinnacle of his career, He was rated as the best batsmen in the Coopers and Lybrand rating (a predecessor of the PWC ratings).
While the West Indies pacemen dominated the cricket world, Dilip Vengsarkar was one of the few batsmen who was successful against them, and scored 6... Read More