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Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar

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Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar

Born: 6 April 1956

  • He is a former Indian cricketer and a cricket administrator.
  • He was known as one of the foremost exponents of the drive.
  • He was also known by the nickname ‘Colonel’.
  • Along with Sunil Gavaskar and Gundappa Viswanath, he was a key player in the Indian batting line up in the late 70s and early 80s.
  • He went on to play till 1992.
  • He represented Bombay in the Ranji Trophy.
  • At this pinnacle of best his career, Vengsarkar was rated as the best batsmen in the Coopers and Lybrand rating (a predecessor of the PWC ratings) and he held the number one slot for 21 months in a row till March 2, 1989.
  • He also scored a century at Lord’s in 1986 and thereby attaining the distinction of scoring three consecutive Test match centuries at Lord’s.
  • For his effort to help India win the Test series in England (a rare feat in itself) he was awarded the Man of the Series award.
  • He has scored 3 Test centuries at Lord’s, which is most by any visiting batsman at the venue in Tests.

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