Mulvantrai Himmatlal “Vinoo” Mankad
Born: 12 April 1917
Died: 21 August 1978
- He was an Indian cricketer who is best known for his world record setting opening partnership of 413 runs with Pankaj Roy in 1956, a record that stood for 52 years, and for running out a batsman “backing up” at the non-striker’s end.
- In 1956 he hit 231 against New Zealand at Chennai and together with Pankaj Roy established the world record opening partnership of 413 runs which stood for 52 years.
- His score was a Test record for India at the time and would remain so until it was broken in 1983 by Sunil Gavaskar.
- Playing for Tonge in the Bolton Cricket League, he picked up 54 wickets in the 1961 season, becoming the first player to claim more than 50 wickets in a season in the league.
- The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan in 1973.
- A road named in honor of Mankad is situated just south of the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
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April 12, 2020