Pankaj Roy

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Pankaj Roy

Born: 31 May 1928

Died: 4 February 2001

  • He was an Indian cricketer.
  • A right-handed opening batsman, he is best known for establishing the world record opening partnership of 413 runs, together with Vinoo Mankad, against New Zealand at Chennai.
  • The record stood until 2008. He was honoured with the Padma Shri.
  • His nephew Ambar Roy and son Pranab Roy also played Test cricket for India.
  • He played domestic cricket in India for the Bengal cricket team.
  • He scored a century on his first-class debut in 1946-47 and went on to score 33 hundreds, scoring a total of 11868 first class runs at 42.38.
  • When England toured India in 1951, he was selected for the Indian squad and made his Test debut at Delhi.
  • Despite making just 12 in his debut innings he scored 2 centuries in the series.
  • He captained India in a Test match in England in 1959, which India lost.

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