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Chandra for the record

May 17, 2005

Full Name: Bhagwat Subramanya Chandrasekhar

Known as: Bhagwat Chandrasekhar

Born: May 17, 1945, Mysore, Karnataka

Role: Right-hand batsman & leg-break bowler

Major Teams: India (1963-1964 to 1979),Mysore (1963-1964 to 1972-1973), Karnataka (1973-1974 to 1979-1980)

Other Teams: Board President's XI (1963-1964 to 1966-1967), Rest of India (1963-1964 to 1973-1974), South Zone (1963-1964 to 1979-1980), Bengal Chief Minister's XI (1964-1965), Dungarpur XI (1966-1967), Indians (1967 to 1979), Vazir Sultan XI (1971-1972), Kerala Chief Minister's XI (1972-1973), U-Foam XI (1972-1973 to 1973-1974).

First-class debut: Mysore v Kerala at Bangalore in 1963-1964

Last first-class match: Karnataka v Haryana at Bangalore in 1979-1980

Highest first-class score: 25 for Bengal Chief Minister's XI v Commonwealth XI at Calcutta in 1964-1965

Best first-class bowling (innings): 9-72 for Rest of India v Bombay at Pune in 1969-1970

Debut in a domestic limited-overs match: South Zone v Central Zone at Bangalore in 1975-1976

Last domestic limited-overs match: Wills XI v Bombay at Bombay in 1978-1979

Highest score in a domestic limited-overs match: 14* for Karnataka v Board President's XI.

Best bowling in a domestic limited-overs match: 4-61 for South Zone v West Zone at Bangalore in 1975-76

Test debut: v England at Bombay (Brabourne) in 1963-1964

Last Test: v England at Birmingham in 1979

Highest Test score: 22 v England at Birmingham in 1967

Best Test bowling: 8-79 v England at Delhi in 1972-1973

Only One-Day International: v New Zealand at Auckland in 1975-1976

Highest ODI Score: 11* v New Zealand at Auckland in 1975-1976

Best ODI Bowling: 3-36 v New Zealand at Auckland in 1975-1976

Batting and fielding averages
ClassMtsInnsNORunsHsAve100500Ct
Tests588039167224.07002325
First class246244114600254.610062107
ODIs1111111*-00-0
List A7322514*25.000011

Bowling averages
ClassMtsBallsRunsWktsBestAveRpOSR5WI10WM
Tests5815,9637,1992428/7929.742.7065.96162
First class24654,11925,5471,0639/7224.032.8350.917519
ODIs1563633/3612.003.8518.6600
List A742031184/6138.874.4452.5000

Career Highlights:

  • His 35 wickets in the five-match series against England in 1972-73 (@ 18.91) are the maximum by an Indian in a Test series.

  • His figures of 12 for 104 against Australia at Melbourne in 1977-78 are the best for India in an overseas Test.

  • His 23 ducks are the most by an Indian in a Test career.

  • Shares the world record of recording most 'pairs' in Test cricket with Courtney Walsh, Mervyn Dillon and Marvan Atapattu.

  • Holds the world record of most single digit scores in consecutive innings -- 32 from 1967-68 to 1975-76

  • Holds the unusual record of aggregating more wickets than the runs -- in Tests as well as first-class career.

  • Was the first Indian bowler to take three wickets on debut in ODIs.

  • Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1972.
  • Celebrating Chandra: Complete coverage


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