The 11th of March is a significant date in Indian cricket history. Because Vijay Hazare, one of India’s all-time great batsmen, was born on this day in 1915 in Sangli, Maharashtra. His 107th birthday. This right-handed veteran batsman represented India in 30 Tests. In 14 of them, he was the captain. In 1952, India won its maiden Test match under his guidance. Then, in the Chennai Test, India defeated England by an innings and eight runs, resulting in a 1-1 tie in the five-match series. However, he has had a difficult time getting here.
When Vijay Hazare was making tremendous progress in cricket, international cricket was placed on hold due to the Second World War. In such circumstances, his Test debut took some time. However, he continued to excite the audience with his home cricket game at this time. He deserves credit for keeping cricket alive in India during this time. At the time, 20-30 thousand people flocked to the Brabourne Stadium in Bombay to watch him bat. In the 1943-44 season, Vijay Hazare scored 1423 runs. During this time, he scored 1000 runs by playing 248, 59, 309, 101, 223 and 87 runs in four matches.
You might be interested in learning a few amazing facts about this remarkable batsman. Let us pay our humble respect to the renowned man on the occasion of his 107th birth anniversary by looking at some of his lesser-known facts:
- Hazare is the first Indian player to score three centuries in a row in Test cricket. He is also the first Indian cricketer to reach 1,000 Test Runs.
- Hazare was the first cricketer to earn the coveted Padma Shri award, which he received in 1960.
- At a time when India was the only country with a domestic first-class cricket competition, Hazare hit ten first-class double centuries, including six during World War II.
- For his 18,740 runs, Hazare set a first-class record with a batting average of 58.38. This is the highest first-class aggregate for an Indian player after Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, and Rahul Dravid.
- With a bowling average of 24.61, he captured 595 first-class wickets.
- Donald Bradman’s wicket was taken three times by Hazare, a right-handed medium-pace bowler.
- In 30 Tests, Hazare scored 2192 runs at a 47.65 average, including seven centuries and nine half-centuries.
- Until 2006, when Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene put together a 624-run stand for Sri Lanka against South Africa in Colombo, Hazare’s 577-run partnership with Gul Mahomed for Baroda in the 1947 Ranji Trophy final was the most for any wicket.
At the age of 31, he took part in his maiden Test match. His first tour of Australia in 1947–48 cemented his reputation as a batsman. Then, in the Adelaide Test, he hit centuries in both innings. Australia scored a massive 674 runs in the first innings of this match. Vijay Hazare’s century helped India score 381 runs in the first innings.
However, the follow-up has to be performed. Six Indian batsmen failed to open the account in the second innings. However, after getting a century, Hazare stood in front of Bradman’s quick bowlers and returned to the pavilion. India was defeated in this match. With his batting, though, Vijay Hazare won over everyone.