Ashok Vinoo Mankad
(12 October 1946 – 1 August 2008) was a former Indian
cricketer. A right-handed batsman
, he played for India
in 22 Test matches
Ashok Mankad was born in Bombay
, the eldest son of Vinoo Mankad
who represented India in 44 Test matches. His brothers Rahul Mankad and Atul Mankad were also first class
Mankad made a sequence of big scores in the Harris Shield
as a teenager. After making 348, 325 and 258 in this inter-school tournament, he was picked to represent Bombay
and West Zone cricket team
in Under-19 tournaments. He represented the Bombay University in the Rohinton Baria Trophy
in his first year in the college. He hit 62 against Nagpur University, 131 against Karnataka
and 152 against Madras
in the final. Mankad made his first class debut a week before his seventeenth birthday.
Despite average performances in the domestic level in his first few years, he was selected to play Tests against New Zealand
in 1969-70. The selection committee under Vijay Merchant
tried out many new players that season and Chetan Chauhan
and Ajit Pai
also made their debut in the same match. After failing to reach thirty in any of the four innings against New Zealand, he was dropped from the team for the third Test.
Without much of a reason, Mankad was again selected against Australia
a month later. This time he scored 74, 8, 64, 68 and 97 in his first five innings. Mankad batted at No.3 in the first Test and added a record 146 for the fourth wicket with Nawab......