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Birthday Special: Dry side with polio, but this spinner’s weakness

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India won 14 Test matches with 98 wickets at an average of 19. Which included 42 wickets, which gave 5 Test wins on overseas soil.

India won 14 Test matches with 98 wickets at an average of 19. Which included 42 wickets, which gave 5 Test wins on overseas soil. India’s victory abroad is dry. The wizards of the spinners who got this done were Bhagwat Chandrasekhar 74 years old. Chandrasekhar took 242 wickets in 58 Test matches at an average of 29.74 during his Test career (1964-79).

The left arm was weak

Born on May 17, 1945 in Mysore (Karnataka), Chandrashekhar was a victim of polio in his childhood. Thereby weakening their arm sleeve. But this weakness of Chandrasekhar has turned into a virtue. His wrist used to bend more when throwing the ball, which separated him from the usual spinners. In fact, it was the fastest leg-break bowler, due to which the good batsmen were easily dismissed.

 

Chandra, who was one of India’s famous spin quartet (Chandra, Bedi, Prasanna, Venkataraghavan), used to throw a fast googly after a long bouncing run-up. His game was sometimes a puzzle. Even he himself would have been surprised (this was what he accepted in an interview). The first day was very easy for the batsmen, the second day became very dangerous.

England’s first Test win on the ground

He changed the match’s stand with his bowling several times. A memorable encounter with the history of Indian cricket – when India won the first Test in England by winning the Oval Test in 1971 and captured the series. Chandra grabbed 6 for 38, due to which England’s second innings was reduced to 101 runs.
Australia win first Test

In addition Chandrashekhar gave India the first Test win in 1978 on Australia’s land. In that Melbourne Test he had 12 wickets with 104 runs. Look at the coincidence – in the first innings, taking 6 wickets for 52 runs, in the second innings they took 6/12 and took 6 wickets. Thanks to Chandra’s performance, India beat Australia with a big margin.

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