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Vijay Madhav Thackersey

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Vijay Madhav Thackersey

Born: 12 October 1911

Died: 27 October 1987

  • He was an Indian cricketer.
  • A right-hand batter and occasional right-arm medium pace bowler, he played first-class cricket for the Bombay cricket team as well as 10 Test matches for India between 1929 and 1951.
  • Behind his limited Test appearances, he dominated Indian domestic cricket – his batting average of 71.64 is the second-highest first-class average in history, behind only that of Don Bradman.
  •  He is regarded as the founder of the Bombay School of Batsmanship, which placed more importance on the right technique, steely temperament, and conservative approach rather than the free flow of the bat, a tradition broken and remolded only after the arrival of Sachin Tendulkar.
  • His international career included two tours of England upon which he scored over 800 runs.
  • English cricketer C. B. Fry exclaimed, “Let us paint him white and take him with us to Australia as an opener.”
  • His brother, Uday, also played first-class cricket.
  • Besides cricket, he was also associated with the Hindoostan Spinning & Weaving Mills (Thakersey Group).
  • During his career, he scored eleven double-centuries in first-class cricket, the most by an Indian batsman.
  • The record stood until November 2017, when Cheteshwar Pujara scored his twelfth double-century batting for Saurashtra against Jharkhand in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy.

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