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The bombay cricket story

  1. 1. The Bombay Cricket story
  2. 2. Quiz – Name the cricketers
  3. 3. History of cricket in India• Calcutta cricket club – established in 1792• Parsis – Orient club – Mumbai – 1848 – Toured England in 1886 and 1888 – Parsis encouraged by the British (considered intelligent and loyal)• Parsis – made their money in opium trade – played cricket (the opium of the people)
  4. 4. Pre-independence Mumbai teams• Presidency (Parsis versus English) – 1892-1906 – 26 matches – 11 won by Parsis, 10 by English and 5 drawn• Hindus joined in 1906 to make it triangular• Muslims joined in 1912 – Quadrangular• Christians, Anglo-Indians and Jews – 1929 –Pentangular• Religion wise teams stopped after 1942 (mainly due to Gandhiji’s objections)
  5. 5. Shivaji Park Gymkhana (A) – open to public in 1927
  6. 6. The Maidaners• Shivaji Park maidan thrown open to public in 1927• Produced first “commoners” in Indian cricket – Vijay Manjrekar – Subash Gupte• Sobers rated Gupte better than Warne
  7. 7. The three Vijays – Merchant, Hazare and Manjrekar
  8. 8. Hindus vs. Rest, 1943
  9. 9. Vijay Merchant – Oval 1946
  10. 10. Ranji trophy• Instituted in 1934 by Maharaja of Patiala• Mumbai recorded straight wins from 1956-1973, have won it 39 times• “The Bombay cricket team of the 1960’s could have easily defeated the present Indian team, Tendulkar included” – Raj Singh Dungarpur
  11. 11. Mumbai in the Ranji trophy• Rajasthan lost seven finals (though they had Vinoo Mankad, Surti, Gupte, Durrani,Vijay Manjrekar and Hanumant Singh)• Karnataka won in 1974 beating Mumbai in the semi-finals
  12. 12. Mumbai Ranji trophy wins• 1934-1940 – 2• 1941-1950 – 3• 1951-1960 - 6• 1961-1970 - 10• 1971-1980 - 6• 1981-1990 - 3• 1991-2000 - 4• 2000-2010 - 5
  13. 13. Mumbai vs Gujarat, 1951 Ranji QF
  14. 14. The 50’s brigade Naren Tamhane Nari ContractorPataudiandUmrigar
  15. 15. The 60’s cricketers• AL Wadekar – Took up cricket in college in 1957, was playing for Mumbai next year• DN Sardesai – Migrated from Goa to Mumbai• ED Solkar – Son of groundsman at Hindu gymkhana
  16. 16. Clubs and players• Dadar Union – Vasu Paranjpe, Sunil Gavaskar, Ramnath Parker, Milind Rege• Shivaji Park – Ajit Wadekar, Paddy Shivalkar, Ajit Pai, Baloo Gupte, Abdul Ismail• Hindu Gymkhana – Budhi Kunderan, Dilip Sardesai, Eknath Solkar, Bapu Nadkarni• Parsi cyclists – Russi Surti, Nari Contractor, Farokh Engineer,Behram Irani
  17. 17. Mysore v Mumbai, Ranji SF, 1967
  18. 18. In the 70’s• Customs officer at Barbados: Anything to declare ?• Dilip Sardesai: Runs maan, only runs• Solkar: Why has the ball gone out of shape?• Sobers: Because you keep snicking it so many times
  19. 19. The 70’s players• Sunil Gavaskar, Ramnath Parker, Sudhir Naik, Karsan Ghavri,Dilip Vengsarkar, Ashok Mankad
  20. 20. Discipline• Madhav Apte dropped Ramnath Kenny (a test cricketer) for coming just 25 minutes before a club match• Ravi Shastri used to start at 5.30 am for practice• Vengsarkar used to have nets 7am to 11am, Wadekar between 2.30 to 7pm•
  21. 21. 1971 team members with Indira
  22. 22. Karnataka vs Mumbai, Ranji semis -1974
  23. 23. In the 80’s• Some India regulars – Ravi Shastri, Sandeep Patil, Dilip Vengsarkar• Others – Lalchand Rajput, Ghulam Parker, Raju Kulkarni, Chandrakant Pandit, BS Sandhu
  24. 24. Mumbai v Delhi final, 1985
  25. 25. Haryana v Mumbai, 1991
  26. 26. The recent shift• More “out-of-town” players – Sahil Kukreja, Rohit Sharma, Abhishek Nayar• Talent from the suburbs – Better infrastructure – Rohit Sharma from Kandivli
  27. 27. Mumbai v Baroda, SF 2007

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