Vinoo Mankad

Country: India
Born: April 12, 1917, Jamnagar, Gujarat
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox
Died: August 21, 1978, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, (aged 61y 131d)

Vinoo Mankad Bio

Mulvantrai Himmatlal Mankad, popularly known as Vinoo Mankad, was a legendary cricketer hailed as one of the greatest all-rounders that India has ever produced. Born on April 12, 1917, in Jamnagar, Gujarat, Mankad’s contributions to Indian cricket are immeasurable.

Throughout his career, Mankad showcased his exceptional skills both with the bat and the ball. In Test matches, he accumulated an impressive 2,109 runs at an average of 31.47. Additionally, he took 162 wickets at an average of 32.31, solidifying his place as a reliable all-rounder. Mankad’s batting abilities were evident with his five centuries, including a monumental knock of 231 against New Zealand at Madras in 1955-56. This innings, coupled with his opening partnership of 413 runs alongside P Roy, set a record for the highest first-wicket stand in Test cricket.

One of his most remarkable performances came in the famous Test match against England at Lord’s in 1952. Opening both the innings, Mankad displayed tremendous determination and skill. Scoring 72 and 184, he defied the English bowlers, even after bowling 97 overs, to produce a remarkable all-round performance. Although India lost the match, his efforts are widely regarded as one of the greatest in Test cricket history.

Mankad’s impact on Indian cricket extended beyond individual performances. In 1952, he played a pivotal role in India’s first-ever Test victory over England at Madras, where his magnificent bowling figures of eight for 55 and four for 53 ensured India’s triumph. His ability to adapt to different match scenarios and contribute selflessly for the team’s cause made him a valuable asset.

His first-class career, which spanned from 1935 to 1962, brought him numerous achievements. During the 1937-38 series against Lord Tennyson’s team in India, Mankad emerged as one of the best players in the series. Topping both batting and bowling averages, with 62.66 and 14.53 respectively, he showcased his immense talent at an international level. Tennyson himself acknowledged Mankad’s skills, stating that he deserved a place in a World XI.

Notably, Mankad’s performances during India’s tour of England in 1946 stood out. He became the first and only Indian cricketer to amass 1,120 runs and claim 129 wickets in a single season. His achievement remains unparalleled, as no touring player has replicated this feat since.

Mankad’s batting style reflected his focused approach. Known for his strong defensive technique and concentration, he possessed a wide array of shots, including a superb cover-drive and the ability to hit effectively to the leg side. As a practical batsman, he adjusted his game as per the match situation, providing stability and support to the team whenever required.

As a slow left-arm orthodox spinner, Mankad mastered the art of deception. Employing both leg breaks and faster variations, he confused batsmen with his deliveries, claiming numerous wickets. Despite battling with an injury during the 1946 tour of England, Mankad continued to excel, showcasing his determination and resilience.

Mankad’s legacy lives on not only through his remarkable individual performances but also through his son, Ashok Mankad, who represented India in fifteen Test matches as a batsman. The duo created a rare and special father-son combination that represented their country at the highest level.

Mulvantrai Himmatlal Mankad’s contributions to Indian cricket will forever be cherished. His skills, dedication, and impeccable performances have left an indelible mark on Indian cricket history. As one of the greatest all-rounders the nation has ever seen, Mankad’s legacy continues to inspire generations of cricketers in India and around the world.

Vinoo Mankad Career Stats

Vinoo Mankad Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 44 72 5 2109 231 31.47 - - 5 6 - - 33 0
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FC 233 361 27 11591 231 34.7 - - 26 52 - - 190 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Vinoo Mankad Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 44 70 14686 5236 162 8/52 13/131 32.32 2.13 90.6 10 8 2
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FC 233 - 50122 19183 782 8/35 - 24.53 2.29 64 - 38 9
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T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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