Mulvantrai Himmatlal Mankad
(12 April 1917 - 21 August 1978), better known as Vinoo Mankad
, was an Indian cricketer
. An effective batsman
and slow left arm orthodox
bowler, he played in 44 Tests for India
, and made 2109 runs at an average of 31.47 including five Test centuries
with a top score of 231. He also took 162 wickets
at the average of 32.32, including eight five-wicket hauls. He is one of the three cricketers to have batted in every position, from the first to the last, during his Test career.
Mankad's best performance was against England
in 1952. In the first innings he top-scored with 72. During England's first innings, he bowled 73 overs and took 5 wickets for 196 runs. In India's second innings in that Test match, he top-scored again with 184 runs out of India's total of 378. Though England won the game easily, Mankad's all-round performance salvaged India's pride in a series where they were heavily overmatched. Mankad was the first player in more than 30 years to score a 100 and take five wickets in the same Test and the first Indian to achieve this feat.
Also memorable was his role earlier in the same year against England in Madras
. He took 8/52 in England's first innings and 4/53 in the second helping India beat England for the very first time in a Test match.
In 1956 he hit 231 against New Zealand
and together with Pankaj Roy
established the world record opening partnership
of 413 runs
which stood for 52 years. His score was a Test record... Read More