|Full name||Dattaram Dharmaji Kanaji Hindlekar|
1 January 1909|
Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, India
|Died||30 March 1949
|Batting style||Right-handed bat|
|Relations||Nalini Dattaram Hindlekar|
|Test debut||27 June 1936 v England|
|Last Test||17 August 1946 v England|
|Domestic team information|
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. This injury and his subsequent exclusion from the next Test led to the famous opening partnership between Vijay Merchant and Mushtaq Ali.
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.
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.
- ^ Christopher Martin-Jenkins, The Complete Who's Who of Test Cricketers
- ^ Richard Cashman, Patrons, Players and the Crowd (1979), p. 89
- ^ Boria Majumdar, Twenty-Two Yards to Freedom (2004), p. 100
- ^ Cricinfo profile