1931 – 1983
Who was Vijay Manjrekar?
His debut came against England at Calcutta in 1951, making a composed 48. He scored his first Test hundred in June 1952 against England at Headingley making 133. It was his first Test in England and he was just 20 at the time. When he came in to bat his side was in trouble at 3/42 and faced a formidable lineup of bowlers in Trueman, Bedser and Laker.
He put on 222 with Hazare in an innings that showed he would be a force to be reckoned with in the future. He would however fail to fulfill his early promise and faced problems with his weight and footwork. He would eventually finish with a Test average of 39, a disappointment for a man capable of averaging well into the 40's. His finest series came against England in India 1961-62 when he made 586 runs @ 83.71. This included the highest score of his 7 centuries, with 189 at Delhi. Another notable performance was in 1964-65 where his innings of 59 and 39 helped India to a Test victory over Australia. He scored a ton in his final Test innings, coming against New Zealand at Madras in February 1965.
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