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Vijay Hazare
Personal information
Full name
Vijay Samuel Hazare
Born(1915-03-11)11 March 1915
Sangli, Bombay Presidency, British India
Died18 December 2004(2004-12-18) (aged 89)
Vadodara, Gujarat, India
BowlingRight-arm medium pace
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 28)22 June 1946 v England
Last Test28 March 1953 v West Indies
Domestic team information
1935–1939Central India
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 30 238
Runs scored 2,192 18,740
Batting average 47.65 58.38
100s/50s 7/9 60/73
Top score 164* 316*
Balls bowled 2,840 38,447
Wickets 20 595
Bowling average 61.00 24.61
5 wickets in innings 0 27
10 wickets in match 0 3
Best bowling 4/29 8/90
Catches/stumpings 11/– 166/–
Source: Cricket Archive, 22 October 2010

Vijay Samuel Hazare pronunciation  (11 March 1915 – 18 December 2004) was an Indian cricketer. He captained India in 14 matches between 1951 and 1953. In India's 25th Test match, nearly 20 years after India achieved Test status, he led India to its first ever Test cricket win (and the only victory under his captaincy) in 1951–52 against England at Madras, winning by an innings and eight runs in a match that began on the day that King George VI died.

Early life

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Hazare was born in Sangli, into Marathi Christian family,[1][2] in the then Bombay Presidency of British India in 1916, one of eight children of a school teacher.


Primarily a right-hand batsman, Hazare was also a right-hand medium-pace bowler. A "shy, retiring" man (according to Wisden in 1952), it was widely thought that he was not a natural captain and that his batting suffered as a result. His rival, Vijay Merchant said that the captaincy prevented Hazare from becoming India's finest batsman: "It was one of the tragedies of cricket."

Even so, Hazare's Test record is very respectable: he amassed 2,192 runs in 30 Test matches with a batting average of 47.65. His first-class record is even more impressive, with a batting average of 58.38 for his 18,740 runs (highest first-class aggregate for an Indian player after Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid). He scored 60 first-class centuries (including 7 in Tests), the fourth highest for an Indian player and 10 first-class double centuries (including six during World War II, when India was the only Test cricket-playing country to continue holding its domestic first-class cricket competition without interruption).

His bowling record was more modest, and he took 595 first-class wickets (including 19 in Tests, and Donald Bradman's wicket three times) at a bowling average of 24.61. On the Indian domestic circuit, Hazare played for the Maharashtra, Central India and Baroda teams.

Some of his notable achievements include:

Vijay Hazare's career performance graph.
Vijay Hazare's career performance graph.

In retirement, he was for a short while an Indian Test cricket selector. He has been honoured with a trophy in his name, the Vijay Hazare Trophy, a zonal-cricket tournament in India. He died in December 2004 following prolonged illness caused by intestinal cancer.

He and Jasu Patel were the first cricketers to be honoured with the Padma Shri.

Domestic cricket

Hazare was the leading run scorer of 1939-40 Ranji Trophy season. His team Maharashtra won its first title in that season, they defeated United Province cricket team in the final at Poona (Now Pune).[3] In 1940-41 Ranji trophy he made 100 in the final and took 2 wickets. Maharashtra won the that season by defeating Madras cricket team in the final. Since that season Maharashtra not able to won Ranji trophy again.[4]



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  2. ^ "15 Facts about Vijay Hazare: India's first post-war legend". CricTracker. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  3. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive".
  4. ^ "Ranji Trophy, 1941/42, Final". Retrieved 31 March 2023.