Subhash Gupte

Country: India
Born: December 11, 1929, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak Googly
Playing role: Bowler
Died: May 31, 2002, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, (aged 72y 171d)

Subhash Gupte Bio

Subhashchandra Pandharinath Gupte, widely known as Subash Gupte, was an exceptional cricket player from India who revolutionized the art of leg break-googly bowling. Born on December 11, 1929, in Bombay (now Mumbai), Gupte rose to become one of the finest spin bowlers in the history of the game.

Of slender build, Gupte defied his physical appearance with his exceptional abilities on the cricket field. His control over line and length was immaculate, and he possessed a remarkable ability to spin the ball. His primary weapons were his big-spinning leg breaks and deceptive googly, which often left batsmen bewildered.

Gupte’s Test career initially had a slow start before he burst onto the scene during the West Indies tour in 1952-53. In that series, he made an incredible impact, taking a staggering 50 wickets at an outstanding average of 23.64. What made this achievement all the more remarkable was the fact that Gupte managed to scalp 27 wickets on batting-friendly wickets and against formidable opponents like Everton Weekes, Frank Worrell, and Clyde Walcott.

The following year, Gupte continued his magnificent form, emerging as the leading wicket-taker during the Pakistan tour, with 21 scalps. He carried on his dominance against New Zealand in 1955, producing unplayable bowling performances that earned him a remarkable haul of 34 wickets, setting a new Indian record.

Despite experiencing a dip in confidence during the 1956-57 series against Australia, Gupte bounced back, showcasing his wizardry with a spellbinding performance of figures 9 for 102 against the West Indies in 1958. He claimed 22 wickets in that series, further solidifying his reputation as one of the best spinners of his era.

In 1959, Gupte finally had the opportunity to tour England, where he captivated audiences with his spin artistry. Although he took 95 wickets during the tour, only 17 of those came in the five Tests. Gupte’s success in England remained elusive, but his prowess in the county matches showcased his immense talent and skill.

Gupte’s career spanned from 1947 to 1964, during which he amassed a remarkable tally of 530 first-class wickets at an average of 23.71. One of his most memorable achievements occurred in 1954 when he claimed all ten wickets for Bombay against Pakistan Services and Bahawalphur CC.

In recognition of his incredible contributions to cricket, Gupte was honored with a benefit match in Sharjah in 1982. Even after retiring, he remained connected to the sport and continued to inspire future generations of spin bowlers with his exceptional techniques.

Subash Gupte’s legacy remains etched in the annals of cricket history. His extraordinary skills, characterized by his big-spinning leg breaks and deceptive googly, have elevated him to the ranks of the best spinners India has ever produced. Gupte’s impact on the game continues to be remembered and revered by cricket enthusiasts worldwide, ensuring his immortal place among the legends of the sport.

Subhash Gupte Career Stats

Subhash Gupte Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 36 42 13 183 21 6.31 - - 0 0 - 0 14 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 115 125 32 761 47 8.18 - - 0 0 - - 52 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Subhash Gupte Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 36 61 11284 4403 149 9/102 10/223 29.55 2.34 75.7 8 12 1
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ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 115 - 29632 12567 530 10/78 - 23.71 2.54 55.9 - 36 11
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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