Monday, June 27, 2005

Ekki - The Indian magician

The great Indian cricket player of the 70s Eknath Solkar passed away yesterday at the age of 57. He was the only Indian player I know of, who was known more for his fielding ability than anything else. He was the Jonty Rhodes of the 70s, at a time when specialized fielders was a concept unheard of in cricket. His catch to dismiss Alan Knott, which he took diving full stretch forward, in The Oval Test in 1971 is one of greatest fielding pieces ever, which helped India turn the match around and then go on to win its first test series in England. Needless to say, he was a pakka Mumbai-ite like yours truly and a fighter to the core. He was the son of the groundsman at the PJ Hindu Gymkhana. He later went on to play for the Gymkhana, the then Bombay (Mumbai) Ranji trophy team and finally for the national side.

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