I have many childhood memories of watching Test cricket on television and at the SCG – there’s just something about the long form of the game that makes the stakes feel so much higher.
Nari contractor: A courageous left handed batsman, it is ironic that his career ended after being hit in the head by Charlie Griffith during the 1962 tour to the Windies. His injury paved way for young Pataudi (Jr.) to become the Indian captain.
Farokh Engineer (WK): A capable WK and a flamboyant batsman, he is best remembered for his aggressive hundred against the Windies at Madras in the 1966-67 season. The opposition bowling attack included Hall, Griffith, Sobers and Gibbs.
Vijay Merchant: A 1st class batting average of 71 and a Test average of 47 speak a lot about his batting ability. It’s a pity that his test career, hampered by WWII, was restricted to just ten matches.
Vijay Hazare; Another solid right hand bat, Hazare became the 1st Indian to score test hundreds in each innings of a test; he achieved this feat at Adelaide during the 1946-47 series. For any commentator, finding his name difficult to pronounce, he had a simple middle name-Samuel.
Jacob Martin: A right had bat, the man from Baroda did well to break in to the Indian ODI team in 1999, given that the Indian batting at the time was full of rich talents. He had limited opportunities and ended his international career after 10 ODIs.
Robin Singh: Trinidad born Robin was a surprise inclusion in the Indian team that toured WI in 1989. A left hand bat, and a right arm medium pacer, he established himself as India’s number 1 ODI all rounder in the 2nd half of the 1990s.
He was a cricketer whose success was built more on hard work and determination rather than natural talent. Not surprisingly, he enjoyed a successful coaching career.
Abid Ali: The all-rounder from Hyderabad made a dream debut against Bob Simpson’s Australia in 1967-68 taking 6 wickets n the 1st innings. At Port-of-Spain, in 1971 in the fifth Test of the series, he opened both the batting and bowling for India. Ideally suited for limited over game, he was part of the Indian team for the inaugural world cup.
Stuart Binny: A bat a bit, bowl a bit-type cricketer, just like his father Roger; Stuart is best remembered in Bangladesh, for taking 6 wickets for 4 runs in an ODI in a damp pitch at Dhaka, in 2014. In the process, he completely destroyed our middle order.
Roger Binny: The 1st Anglo-Indian to play for India, Binny is still remembered for his performance in the 1983 WC. He was also the ‘Mr. Experiment’ in the eyes of the selectors. He was tried (unsuccessfully) as a test opener and as a No.3 despite having a modest average of 23.05
David Johnson: No relationship with Michell Johnson here; but David himself was a useful right arm fast bowler, who played 2 tests against SA in 1996-97.
Noel David: To complete the team a spinner is required. While Biishen Bedi and Dilip Doshi both score pretty low in ‘degree of difficulty in pronunciation’, Noel David beats them. A gentle off spinner, he played four ODIs for India in 1997.