India and Australia are currently playing the series-decider final game of the three-match ODI series at Bengaluru. The Indian cricketers have worn black armbands during this match in the memory of the former Indian cricketer Bapu Nadkarni, who passed away on last Friday (17th January).
Bapu Nadkarni played 41 Tests for India between 1955 and 1968. The left-arm spinner took 88 Test wickets with an economy rate of 1.67. He was famously known for his economical bowling. It was the 1964 Chennai Test against England when Bapu Nadkarni delivered 131 consecutive dot balls, including 21 successive maiden overs. In that game, Nadkarni had the bowling figures of 32-27-5-0 during England’s first innings.
Bapu Nadkarni was also a handy left-handed lower-order batsman who scored 1,414 runs with an average of 25.70. He scored one century and seven half-centuries in Test career, including his best Test knock 122*.
In first-class cricket career, Bapu Nadkarni scored 8,880 runs (average 40.36) and also took 500 wickets (economy rate 1.64) in 191 matches. The left-handed batsman hit 14 centuries and 46 half-centuries in that format, and his best score was 283 not out.
At the age of 86-year-old, Bapu Nadkarni died on last Friday. The Indian cricket families have offered condolences on this. While the Indian cricketers are playing the Bengaluru ODI on Sunday (17th January), they have worn the black armbands in Bapu Nadkarni’s memory.
The Bengaluru ODI is the series-decider game of this three-match ODI series as the series is level by 1-1. While Australia won the first ODI at Mumbai by ten wickets, India won the second game of this series at Rajkot by 36 runs.
Indian cricketers are fielding first in Bengaluru ODI
After winning the toss for the third consecutive times in this series, the Australian captain Aaron Finch decided to bat first in the Bengaluru ODI. For this ODI, the visiting side made one change while the hosts fielded their unchanged squad. Talking about the only change for Australia, the pace bowler Josh Hazlewood replaced Kane Richardson.