Nari Contractor

Country: India
Born: March 07, 1934, Godhra, Gujarat
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Opening Batter

Nari Contractor Bio

Nariman Jamshedji Contractor, widely known as Nari Contractor, is one of the tragic figures in the history of Indian cricket. Born on March 7, 1934, in Mumbai, India, Contractor’s promising cricketing career came to a cruel halt when he was struck on the skull by a devastating short delivery from Charlie Griffith during a match between the Indian tourists and Barbados in 1962.

The severity of the blow left Contractor’s life hanging by a thread, and he required multiple emergency surgeries to pull him off the danger list. Despite enduring a long and arduous recovery process, the left-handed opening batsman never quite managed to regain his former glory on the cricket field.

Contractor rose to prominence in the cricketing world after his impressive innings of 92 against the West Indies in Delhi during the 1958-59 season. His talent and determination caught the attention of many during the 1959 tour of England, where he bravely continued to play despite suffering a broken rib. In the second Test at Lord’s, Contractor showcased his courage by top-scoring with 81 runs in a total team score of 168.

During the 1959-60 series against the all-conquering Australians, Contractor further established his prominence as a batsman by amassing 438 runs, including his first and only Test century, which he achieved in Bombay. At the age of 26, Contractor was appointed as the captain of the Indian cricket team against Pakistan in the 1960-61 season, making him the youngest captain in Indian cricket history at the time.

Under Contractor’s leadership, the Indian team achieved a historic series victory over England in the following season, showcasing the captain’s peak performance both in terms of leadership and batting. Sadly, his career was abruptly halted just as he reached his zenith.

Prior to his tragic injury, Contractor had displayed immense potential as a batsman. In his first-class career, which spanned almost two decades, he accumulated a total of 8611 runs at an average of 39.86, including 22 centuries. His cricketing prowess was evident from the very beginning, as he announced his arrival by scoring centuries in both innings of his debut match for Gujarat against Baroda, a feat previously achieved by Arthur Morris, another left-handed opening batsman.

Despite his unsuccessful attempt to stage a comeback to Test cricket post-injury, Contractor’s resilience and determination continue to inspire cricket fans worldwide. His immense courage and unwavering spirit throughout his arduous recovery demonstrated his sheer love for the game and the depths of his character.

While his cricketing career may have been tragically cut short, Nariman Jamshedji Contractor will forever be remembered as a courageous cricketer who committed his heart and soul to the sport. His contributions to Indian cricket have left an indelible mark, inspiring generations of players to come.

Nari Contractor Career Stats

Nari Contractor Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 31 52 1 1611 108 31.58 - - 1 11 - - 18 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 138 234 18 8611 176 39.86 - - 22 - - - 72 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Nari Contractor Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 31 10 186 80 1 1/9 1/9 80 2.58 186 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 138 - - 1040 26 4/85 - 40 - - - 0 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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