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Late Mr.Ashok Mankad
Ashok Mankad first came into prominence by scoring a half-century as a teenager
against the MCC for West Zone in 1963-64. A series of big scores over the years
saw him get his break against New Zealand in 1969-70. He went in late in the
order and then because of circumstances was pushed to the opening slot. He was
an instant success in his new role against Australia, negotiating McKenzie and
Connolly with ease and running up successive scores of 74, 8, 64, 68 and 97.
He had a fair amount of success on the tour of West Indies in
1971, striking up a good combination with 'new boy' Sunil Gavaskar with whom he
shared partnerships of 68, 74, 72 and 123 (unbroken).
He did well enough but was dropped and was again considered for
only one Test against England later that season. He did reasonably well in the
series in Australia in 1977-78 (he headed the tour averages with 508 runs at
50.80). In first class cricket however Mankad has been in a class of his own.
In the Ranji Trophy alone, he has scored 6619 runs (76.08) with 22 hundreds
with a highest score of 265 against Delhi in the 1980-81 final.
Late Mr.Polly Umrigar. Ex Indian Cricket Captain
One of the all time greats of Indian cricket, he was a heroic figure from the
late forties to the early sixties, almost always shining in a losing cause.
Despite this, when he retired, he held the most important records - most Tests,
most runs, most hundreds. In fact his records stood from 1962 to 1978 when
Sunil.Gavaskar broke them.
A burly six footer, Umrigar was a commanding figure at the crease - whether
batting, bowling, directing operations as captain or standing in his usual
position at first slip. Umrigar excelled in full-blooded drives but he could
also hook and pull powerfully. As a bowler, he was an accurate offspinner and
could even open the bowling, sending down outswingers. He was a brilliant
Either as batsman, bowler or captain, he helped shape the few Indian triumphs
of his time. For 30 years he held the record of getting the highest score by an
Indian on tour - 252 not out against Cambridge University in 1959. As a bowler,
his finest hour was when he took 4 for 27 while helping India to defeat mighty
Australia at Kanpur in 1959. A shrewd captain, he led India in eight Tests,
winning two and losing two before he resigned the captaincy at Madras against
West Indies in 1959 following a misunderstanding with the selectors.
He is only one of two Indian cricketers (Vinoo Mankad being the other) to score
a century and take five wickets in an innings - a feat he achieved against West
Indies at Port of Spain in 1962. Umrigar was the first Indian to hit a Test
double century. After retirement, he continued to serve Indian cricket as
chairman of the selection committee, tour manager and BCCI executive secretary.
Piloo Reporter, Ex. Intl. Umpire
Officiated in 14 Tests and 23 one-day internationals. One half of the first
pair of 'neutral' umpires in Test cricket since 1912, when he and V. K.
Ramaswamy did duty in the Test series between Pakistan and the West Indies in
1986-87. India's sole umpiring representative in the 1992 World Cup.
Dr. Aijaz Ashai (Pysiotherapist of the Mumbai Indians-
Indian Premier League(IPL) team) Dr. Aijaz Ashai is a physiotherapist, physical
trainer, instructor, writer and sportsman, all rolled into one. An alumnus of
the National Institute for the Orthopedically Handicapped, Kolkata, he has been
associated with spurts for the last seven years.
An expert on injury prevention in sports, treatment of 'sporting' injuries,
cardiac rehabilitation, sports physical fitness training and physiotherapy
treatment, he is the Managing Director and Owner of the Health Asset Fitness
and Sports Medicine Rehabilitation Centre in Mumbai. Cricketers, footballers,
badminton and tennis players and athletes train at his center.
Dr. Aijaz has had stints as physio and physical trainer of the Mumbai and Delhi
Ranji Trophy teams, the Mumbai Police cricket team and also the Mahindra United
Football team. He has been associated with the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis
Association as well. He has treated and implemented physical fitness programs
for sports personalities like cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar and tennis star
Mahesh Bhupathi. Current India players Virender Sehwag, Aakash Chopra, Ashish
Nehra and Amit Bhandari are some of the prominent cricketers who have benefited
from his advice.
He has conducted several fitness and training camps, including the Mumbai
Cricket Association's Summer Camp in 1999 and the Delhi Cricket Association's
camps for the under-25s and under-17s in 2002-03.. He has also worked with the
Bishen Singh Bedi Coaching Trust in Ludhiana and Chandigarh in 2001 and 2002,
and the Himachal Cricket Association in for 2003 - 2004.
His writings have appeared in a host of publications like the limes of India,
Asian Age, the Afternoon Despatch and Courier, Navbharat Times and Gujarat
Samachar. TV channels like ESPN-STAR, Doordarshan and SET Max have interviewed
him as an expert on fitness- related matters. He also conducts a Personal
Fitness Instructor course twice a year, at his Health Asset Fitness Academy.
At cricketforindia.com, the dynamic Dr. Aijaz is focusing on the areas of
fitness, injury prevention and treatment, aspects which in today's times are as
critical for an aspiring cricketer as the ability to bat, bowl and field.
S. P. Bhatia
An opening batsman and wicketkeeper, he represented Mumbai in the under -
19 Cooch Behar trophy in the 1940s. In later years, he opened the batting with
the illustrious Vijay Merchant in club cricket and coached many an accomplished
cricketer, like Ashok Mankad, Budhi Kunderan and Sharad Hazare.
Like every Mumbai boy, Devendra Prahhudesai (Born: 1976) wanted to be a
cricketer. In his childhood, he exasperated one and all with his passion for
the game, which most of the time bordered on the insane. He first attended a
coaching camp at the age of 12 and realized fairly quickly that while the
spirit was willing, the talent was weak. He compensated by winning an inter -
collegiate cricket quiz competition at 17.
He completed his MA (Social Work) from TISS, Mumbai in 1988.
Like a true Indian, his 'second innings' has been a lot better than the first.
It began in August 2000, when fate led him to Sunil Gavaskar's Professional
His objective mirrors that of the website - To make cricketforindia.com the
best sports coaching site in the world.