Dattaram Hindlekar

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Dattaram Hindlekar
Personal information
Full name Dattaram Dharmaji Kanaji Hindlekar
Born (1909-01-01)1 January 1909
Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, India
Died 30 March 1949(1949-03-30) (aged 40)
Batting style Right-handed bat
Role Wicketkeeper
Relations Nalini Dattaram Hindlekar
International information
National side
Test debut 27 June 1936 v England
Last Test 17 August 1946 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
1934–1947 Bombay
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 4 96
Runs scored 71 2439
Batting average 14.20 17.05
100s/50s 0/0 1/9
Top score 26 135
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 3/0 128/59
Source: Cricinfo

Dattaram Dharmaji Hindlekar About this sound pronunciation  (1 January 1909, Bombay – 30 March 1949, Bombay) was a cricketer who kept wicket for India in Test cricket.

Cricket career

Hindlekar toured England in 1936 and 1946 as India's first-choice wicket-keeper. A right-handed batsman, he wore his cap at a 'bewildered angle' and 'stood with his toes pointing up at an angle of 45 degrees'. He opened in the First Test at Lord's in 1936, but chipped a bone in his finger and suffered from blurred vision.[1] This injury and his subsequent exclusion from the next Test led to the famous opening partnership between Vijay Merchant and Mushtaq Ali.

Injuries limited his appearances in 1946 as well. In the Old Trafford Test, he went in last and batted out 13 minutes with Ranga Sohoni to save the match.

Personal life

Hindlekar was the son of a farmer from Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. He worked in the Bombay Port Trust for a salary of Rs.80 a month. His means were so limited that he could not afford to buy a pair of gloves, and used to visit Khershed Meherhomji and borrow his.[2]

Hindlekar died at the age of 40 for want of proper treatment. It was only at a very late stage of his illness that he was moved to the Arthur Road Hospital in Bombay. He was survived by his wife and their seven children. After his death the BCCI and Bombay Cricket Association issued appeals for contributions to help his family, but there was little response. The Bombay Port Trust then organised a cabaret dance on 6 August 1949 which raised a little over Rs.7,000. Almost every major Indian cricketer of the time attended the dance.[3]


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