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Bhagwat Chandrasekhar

Bhagwat Chandrasekhar

Age 79IndiaINDIA
Leg break Bowler

Bhagwat Chandrashekhar or Chandra as he was fondly known as; was an unorthodox leg spinner who rarely turned the ball, but relied on his whizzing top spinners, googlies and flippers to prize the batsmen out. Afflicted by polio right from a very young age on his right hand, he converted this weakness into his strength. However, he could not throw with the same hand, and used his left for the throwing. Sometimes though, by his own admission, he himself did not know what was going to come out of his hand. There was an equal probability of an unplayable delivery as there was of a rank, long hop!

And yet, despite all these shortcomings, Chandra managed to capture 242 Test wickets at less than 30 per wicket. In 2002, he won the award for the best bowling performance of the century, for his spell of 6/38 at Oval in 1971. He was also instrumental in India’s first Test win in Australia in 1978 by picking 12 for104 at the MCG.

That said, his batting skills were as negligible as the amount of turn he obtained, scoring lesser number of runs than the wickets he picked, at an average of 4. To add to that, he had a record 23 ducks and four pairs to his name.

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Bhagwat Chandrasekhar Statistics

Debut
India vs New Zealand on Feb 22, 1976
Last
India vs New Zealand on Feb 22, 1976
Debut
India vs England on Jan 21, 1964
Last
India vs England on Jul 12, 1979

Bhagwat Chandrasekhar Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
11100-84.61
Highest Runs11
Balls Faced13
On DateFeb 22, 76
AgainstNew ZealandNZ

Bhagwat Chandrasekhar Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
17312.0018.663.85
Wickets Taken3
Runs36
On DateFeb 22, 76
AgainstNew ZealandNZ

Bhagwat Chandrasekhar Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
58167004.07-
Highest Runs22
Balls Faced30
On DateJul 13, 67
AgainstEnglandENG

Bhagwat Chandrasekhar Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
581995.324229.7465.962.70
Wickets Taken8
Runs79
On DateDec 20, 72
AgainstEnglandENG

Bhagwat Chandrasekhar Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
2500
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average
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