Facts You Would Like To Know About Cricketer who led India to Its First Test Match Win
March 11, 2021 marks the 106th birth anniversary of the great Vijay Samuel Hazare, under whom India won their first-ever Test match against England in Chennai 1952. India won the match by a mammoth innings and eight runs as the five-match series ended in a 1-1 draw. Vinoo Mankad starred for India with 12 wickets in the match and floored the Englishmen with his slow left-arm orthodox bowling.
But that’s not all. While his international record isn’t by any means bad, Hazare’s first-class record stands way taller. In 238 matches, he had amassed 18,740 runs at an average of 58.36 and scored 60 centuries and 73 fifties. He also had 595 wickets to his name, with best figures of 8/90.
On the occasion of his birthday, here are some interesting facts about one of India’s great cricketers
1. He is the first Indian batsman to score a triple century in first-class cricket. He scored 316 for Maharashtra against Poona in a first-class game in 1939-40 to announce himself.
2. He is the first Indian batsman to score two double centuries in first-class cricket. 316 against Poona (1939-40) and 309 against The Hindus (1943-44).
3. He is also the first Indian to score a century in each innings of a Test match (116 and 145) against Australia in Adelaide in 1947-48.
4. Hazare is also the first Indian batter to score centuries in three successive Test matches.
5. During the second World War when cricket stopped almost, he is credited to have kept the game alive in the country. He and Vijay Merchant used to take part in run-scoring contests and a crowd of around 20,000 to 30,000 people would come to Mumbai’s (then Bombay) Brabourne Stadium to see them.
6. In 1952-53, he also became the first Indian batsman to fall for a duck against England in Kanpur.
7. He is the first Indian batter to score over 1000 runs in Test cricket.
8. Hazare’s partnership of 577 runs with Gul Mahomed for Baroda in the 1947 Ranji Trophy final was the highest for any wicket until 2006 when Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene stitched together a 624-run stand for Sri Lanka against South Africa in Colombo.
9. He had bowled out Don Bradman twice despite not being a lead bowler for the Indian team. The first time he did so was in 1947-48 at Adelaide while the second was in Sydney in the same year.
10. Hazare also served as a selector for the Indian team for some time and was awarded the Padma Shri too for his contributions. India’s 50-over domestic cricket tournament — Vijay Hazare Trophy — has been named after him.