After scripting India’s historic 10-wicket win against Pakistan, the Indian player’s career ended forever
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The batsmen’s runs off the bat and sometimes the bowlers’ havoc have brought India many historic victories. Apart from batsmen and bowlers, fielders also took catches and became heroes of India’s victory, but there was one player in the Indian cricket world who did not get a chance to bat, bowl or take a catch. Nevertheless he became the hero of India’s historic victory and that too against Pakistan.
Today is the 95th birth anniversary of the same Indian star. Born on 7 January 1928 in Punjab, wicket-keeper batsman Vijay Rajendranath struck a chord in the third Test match of the 1952 series against Pakistan. The Pakistan team toured India in 1952 for a Test series. Vijay Rajendranath wrote the story of India’s historic win by 10 wickets from behind the stumps.
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Vijay was part of the ‘musical chairs’ for the defenders organized during the Pak vs Home series in ’52-53, playing only 1 Test, at Bombay.
Didn’t get to bat, took no catches but made 4 stumpings pic.twitter.com/vVzKhEaoE3
— North Stand Gang – Wankhede (@northstandgang) January 7, 2021
Vijay Rajendranath made 4 stumps in that match. Along with this, he also held the world record for most stumpings in his entire Test career without taking a catch. But after this match, he could never play for India again. He was replaced by Ibrahim Maka in the fourth Test of the series.
Vijay also played 3 unofficial Test matches against the Commonwealth XI in 1950–1951. In December 1950, he scored the only first-class century of his career. Vijay played an innings of 136 runs for Bihar against Odisha in the Ranji Trophy match. Vijay Rajendranath scored 844 runs at an average of 22.21 in 28 first-class matches. There he took 35 catches and 24 stumpings.
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Vijay Rajendranath studied in government schools in Lahore. He also worked for an oil company and a battery company. The Indian wicket-keeper batsman breathed his last on 22 November 1989 at the age of 61 in Chennai.
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