Vijay Laxman Manjrekar, one of the finest Indian batsman against fast bowling was born on 26 September 1931 in Bombay. India’s batting star of the ‘fifties; he was known for his hook and late cut. He was a good player of fast bowling in an era when Indian batsman used to struggle against the pace bowlers. He was the father of former Indian player Sanjay Manjrekar.
He made his debut against England at Eden Garden, Calcutta in 1951 and scored a composed 48. He scored his first Test hundred (133) in June 1952 against England at Headingley at a tender age of 20. He showed his class during this inning against a formidable line up of English bowlers - Trueman, Bedser and Laker.
He however failed to fulfil his early promise and faced problems with his weight and footwork. Within nine months of his 133 at Headingley he scored 118 against West Indies at Kingston, sharing on that occasion a record second-wicket partnership with Pankaj Roy.
His best came in a home series against England in 1961-62. He scored 586 runs at an average of 83.71 including a career best of unbeaten 189 at Delhi. Another notable performance was in 1964-65, where his innings of 59 and 39 helped India to a Test victory over Australia. He scored a ton in his final Test innings, coming against New Zealand at Madras in February 1965.
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