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Monday, December 21, 2009


Today there is an article in ‘Times of India’ about the sole surviving member of the playing 11 which won India its First Test win – CD Gopinath who incidentally took the catch to get the last wicket.

This was way back in Feb 10,1952 - Gopinath is a resident of Chennai. Coimbatarao Doraikannu Gopinath born in 1930 played 8 Tests for India totalling 242 runs with highest of a 50 not out. AT Madras Cricket club Ground, Chepauk in Test no. 348 – India won by an innings and 8 runs.

This was the 11 which played and defeated England : Vijay Hazare (captain), S. Mushtaq Ali, Pankaj Roy, Vinoo Mankad, Lala Amarnath, Dattu Phadkar, Polly Umrigar, C.D. Gopinath, R.V. Divecha, Probir Sen and Ghulam Ahmed.

This historic win was in emphatic style – the hero being Vinoo Mankad who bowled superbly ending with 12 wickets with 8/55 in the first innings. Many of the present followers might not know that Test matches were played with a rest day, usually the fourth day. But on that match the death of King George VI changed the pattern and the second day was made the rest day. England were all out for 266 and India declared at 457 for 9 with Pankaj Roy & Poly Umrigar scoring a tons; Gopinath made 35. In their second essay, England made 183 with Vinoo and Gulam Ahmad sharing the spoils with 4 apiece. The umpires were BJ Mohoni and MG Vijayasarathi.

The journey started there and recently 100 test wins were achieved following climb to the top of Test cricket

Regards – Sampathkumar S


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