Dilip Vengsarkar, the former Indian cricket player was born on 6th April 1956 at Rajapur, Maharashtra. His full name is Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar. His nickname is Colonel. He started to play cricket at his early age. He was a stylish and elegant player. He started his career in his teenage. In 1975, he played his first teenage cricket match for Bombay in an Irani Trophy match at Nagpur. In this match he scored 110 runs. This match was the key point for him to enter into the Indian team to play international matches.
In 1976, he played his first cricket test match against New Zealand at Auckland. In this match he scored just 13 runs and grabbed 2 catches. He was the opening batsman in this match. Though he could not score much, India won the match. He started to play One Day International match (ODI) on 21st February 1976 against New Zealand at Christchurch. He scored 16 runs out of 27 balls in this match.
He was one of the valuable members of the Indian squad which represented India in 1983 World Cup Cricket. He performed well in ODI and in Test matches between 1985 and 1987. He scored many centuries against the strong teams like Australia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies. He was rated as a Best Batsman in the world during that period. He scored continuous centuries in a row of 3 test matches at the Lord’s ground, England. India won the test series and he was bestowed the honour of Man of the Series award for his talents.
After 1987 World Cup Cricket tournament, Dilip Vengsarkar became the Captain of the Indian Cricket team and served for some time. Under his captainship, Indian team played 10 test matches. Totally he played 116 test matches and scored 6868 runs which include 17 centuries and 35 half-centuries at an average strike rate of 42.13 runs with record high score of 166 runs. He has played 29 ODI matches scoring 3508 runs which include 1 century and 23 half-centuries with an average strike rate of 34.73 with the highest score of 105 runs.
He formed Elf-Vengsarkar Academy at Mumbai in 1995 after he retired from cricket. He became the Vice president of the Mumbai Cricket Association in the year 2003. In 2006, he became the Chairman of the Selection Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He received Arjuna Award in 1981 and Padma Shri Award in 1987 from the Government of India.
Updated: December 20, 2012