Press Esc to close
Monday 25 May 2015
News updated at 2:54 PM IST
Weather
Max: 33.3°C
Min : 22.5°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Wonderful Vengsarkar

Last updated: 28 July, 2011
RK

Just as Rahul Dravid isn’t fasci­nated by the nickname ‘The Wall’, another elegant right-hander before him simply hated being called ‘The Colonel’.

It was me­ant to be a compliment, but som­e­how, Dilip Vengsarkar didn’t like to be compared with anyone else. He was, after all, his own man.  From the classical Mumbai school of batsm­anship, Vengsarkar was tall, upright, beautifully balanced and wonderful to watch when in full flow.

He rese­rved some of his best batting for Eng­land in general and for Lord’s in particular.  To date, Vengsarkar remains the only non-Englishman to have made three Test hundreds at Lord’s.

An established English batsman gets at least one, occa­sionally two, Tests a year at Lord’s. A non-Englishman plays a Test at the headquarters once in four years, at most, so the chances of his making three hundreds there are fairly miniscule.

 No one, of course, had told Vengsarkar that. He followed up centuries in 1979 and 1982 with ano­ther memorable hundred in 1986, setting up India’s only Test victory at Lord’s. He had a chance to make it four on the trot, but had to be content with scores of 52 and 35 in 19­90.

“Any­body would dream to get a hundred at Lord’s and I was no exce­p­t­ion,” Vengsarkar said recently.  In terms of atm­os­phere, Lord’s is right up there.”


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Mumbai India and CSK Cricketers with IPL Trophy during photo session ahead of their IPL 2015...

Mumbai India and CSK Cricketers with IPL Trophy during photo session ahead of their IPL 2015...

Organically grown fruits and vegetables at ‘Pilikula Vasanthothsava’ at Pilikula in Mangaluru...

Organically grown fruits and vegetables at ‘Pilikula Vasanthothsava’ at Pilikula in Mangaluru...

Dr.Rajkumar's Statue Unveil at Gayathri (Rajaji) Nagar...

Dr.Rajkumar's Statue Unveil at Gayathri (Rajaji) Nagar...

An Indian man pours water on his face during a hot summer day in Hyderabad...

An Indian man pours water on his face during a hot summer day in Hyderabad...

A picture of late Pope's John Paul II is seen inside the Force India's Formula One car...

A picture of late Pope's John Paul II is seen inside the Force India's Formula One car...

Children seen carrying sand in cycle cart which collected from the road at Mysuru...

Children seen carrying sand in cycle cart which collected from the road at Mysuru...

A man shows a pair of turtles in Thane, Mumbai ...

A man shows a pair of turtles in Thane, Mumbai ...

A salesman helps a customer to select gold bangles at a jewelry showroom in Mumbai...

A salesman helps a customer to select gold bangles at a jewelry showroom in Mumbai...

A pair of Barbet bird sits on a tree in New Delhi on Sunday...

A pair of Barbet bird sits on a tree in New Delhi on Sunday...

People enjoying in a water park to beat the heat on a hot day in Bhopal on Sunday...

People enjoying in a water park to beat the heat on a hot day in Bhopal on Sunday...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523