Polly Umrigar

Country: India
Born: March 28, 1926, Sholapur, Maharashtra
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Died: November 07, 2006, Mumbai, (aged 80y 224d)

Polly Umrigar Bio

Polly Umrigar, born as Pahlan Ratanji Umrigar on March 28, 1926, was one of the most iconic cricketers from India. Known for his outstanding performances, Umrigar dominated the cricketing scene from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. Despite often finding himself on the losing side, Umrigar etched his name in the history books with several significant records.

Umrigar’s career was characterized by his exceptional batting, versatile bowling, and remarkable leadership skills. Standing at a burly six feet, he possessed a commanding presence at the crease, intimidating opponents with his powerful strokeplay. His repertoire included exquisite drives, fierce hooks, and pulls that rattled even the most formidable of bowlers. Umrigar’s batting prowess was complemented by his accurate offspin bowling, and he could even open the bowling, deceiving batsmen with well-directed outswingers.

Throughout his career, Umrigar played a pivotal role in shaping Indian triumphs, both as a batsman, bowler, and captain. He held the record for the highest score by an Indian on tour for an incredible 30 years, with an unbeaten 252 against Cambridge University in 1959. As a bowler, his finest moment came during the 1959 test match against Australia at Kanpur, where he took 4 for 27, instrumental in India’s victory over the mighty Australians.

Not only was Umrigar an exceptional player, but he also possessed exceptional leadership skills. He captained the Indian cricket team in eight Tests, leading the team to two wins and two losses. However, a misunderstanding with the selectors led to his resignation as captain during the Madras test against West Indies in 1959. Umrigar’s mental acuity and shrewd decision-making on the field made him a respected figure within the cricketing fraternity.

Umrigar’s career highlights also included becoming the first Indian to achieve a Test double century. Moreover, he is one of only two Indian cricketers, along with Vinoo Mankad, to score a century and take five wickets in an innings. Umrigar achieved this remarkable feat against West Indies at Port of Spain in 1962.

After retiring from the sport, Umrigar continued to contribute immensely to Indian cricket. He served as the chairman of the selection committee, tour manager, and BCCI executive secretary. Throughout his life, Umrigar showed unwavering dedication and commitment to the sport he loved, even in his various administrative roles.

Tragically, on November 7, 2006, Polly Umrigar passed away at the age of 80 after a prolonged battle with lymph cancer. His contribution to Indian cricket will always be remembered, as will his numerous records and achievements.

Umrigar’s legacy lives on as one of the all-time greats of Indian cricket. His name remains etched in cricketing history, and his records set a benchmark for future generations. Polly Umrigar’s passion, skill, and dedication continue to inspire and motivate young Indian cricketers, ensuring that his influence is felt for generations to come.

Polly Umrigar Career Stats

Polly Umrigar Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 59 94 8 3631 223 42.22 - - 12 14 - - 33 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 243 350 41 16155 252* 52.28 - - 49 80 - - 217 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Polly Umrigar Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 59 50 4725 1473 35 6/74 6/74 42.08 1.87 135 3 2 0
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ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 243 - 25297 8348 325 7/32 - 25.68 1.97 77.8 - 14 2
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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