Bhagwath Chandrasekhar

Country: India
Born: May 17, 1945, Mysore, Karnataka
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak
Playing role: Bowler

Bhagwath Chandrasekhar Bio

Bhagwath Subramanya Chandrasekhar, popularly known as Chandra, is a former Indian cricketer who is considered one of the greatest spin bowlers in the history of Indian cricket. Born on May 17, 1945, in Mysore, India, Chandrasekhar overcame numerous challenges and disabilities to leave an indelible mark on the sport.

Chandrasekhar’s journey to becoming a renowned cricketer was not an easy one. At the tender age of six, he contracted polio, which left his right arm significantly weakened. However, he refused to let this adversity dampen his spirits and his determination to play the sport he loved. With immense perseverance and a burning ambition, he honed his craft and developed a unique bowling action that would later become his trademark.

Despite his unconventional action, Chandrasekhar’s ability to bowl spinning deliveries with exceptional accuracy and variations made him a formidable force on the cricket field. His idiosyncratic run-up, featuring erratic bounces, was often followed by deceptive googlies, vicious topspinners, and leg breaks delivered at near medium pace. His unorthodox style, combined with his wily mindset, made him an enigma for batsmen who frequently struggled to decipher his deliveries.

Chandra’s international career spanned from 1964 to 1979, during which he represented India in 58 Test matches, claiming a remarkable 242 wickets. He holds the distinction of being India’s highest wicket-taker in Test matches until Kapil Dev surpassed his record in 1994. What truly sets him apart is his extraordinary success outside of India. Chandra was a trailblazer, defying the prevalent belief that Indian spinners could only excel on home soil. With an astonishing tally of 42 wickets in just five overseas Tests, he was India’s most prominent match-winner abroad for a significant period.

One of the most defining moments of Chandra’s career came in 1971 when he played a vital role in India’s first-ever series victory in England. His outstanding spell of 6 for 38 at The Oval in the final Test not only propelled India to a historic win but also showcased his exceptional talent to the world. Furthermore, his remarkable performance in Australia in 1978, where he contributed 12 wickets in a match at Melbourne, played a crucial part in securing India’s first-ever victory on Australian soil.

Despite his brilliant career, Chandrasekhar’s journey was not without its share of challenges. He battled injuries, fluctuations in form, and occasionally wrestled with inconsistency. However, his never-say-die attitude and unwavering determination always shone through, making him a role model for aspiring cricketers around the world.

Since retiring from international cricket, Chandra has been actively involved in mentoring and coaching young talents in India, passing on his knowledge and experiences to the next generation. He remains an influential figure in the cricketing fraternity and a revered icon in his homeland.

Bhagwath Subramanya Chandrasekhar’s contribution to Indian cricket is unparalleled. Despite his physical limitations, he emerged as a legendary spinner, leaving an indomitable legacy. As a match-winner, he inspired a generation of cricketers to believe in their abilities and defy the odds. Today, his name is etched in golden letters in the annals of Indian cricket, forever remembered as one of the country’s finest spin bowlers.

Bhagwath Chandrasekhar Career Stats

Bhagwath Chandrasekhar Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 58 80 39 167 22 4.07 - - 0 0 - 0 25 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 1 1 1 11 11* - 13 84.61 0 0 - - 0 0
FC 246 244 114 600 25 4.61 - - 0 0 - - 107 0
List A 7 3 2 25 14* 25 - - 0 0 - - 1 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Bhagwath Chandrasekhar Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 58 97 15963 7199 242 8/79 12/104 29.74 2.7 65.9 12 16 2
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 1 1 56 36 3 3/36 3/36 12 5.14 18.6 0 0 0
FC 246 - 53817 25547 1063 9/72 - 24.03 2.84 50.6 - 75 19
List A 7 - 420 311 8 4/61 4/61 38.87 4.44 52.5 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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