Insight on Padmakar Shivalkar’s career – By Suhas Bengeri

 

On ration card his name read  ‘Padmakar Kashinath Shivalkar’. But for all cricket fans & players He was known as ’Paddy’. He was born on 14.09.1940.  Let us have a look at his record:

 Batting style Right-hand bat

 Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

 

Batting and fielding averages-

MatInnsNORunsHSAve10050CtSt
First-class12411459515379.3600630
List A12643610*18.000020

 

Bowling averages-

MatBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10
First-class12434125116035898/1619.692.0457.94213
List A12892495163/353/3530.933.3255.7000

 

Career statistics-

First-class span1961/62 – 1987/88
List A span1973/74 – 1978/79

 

Paddy had a great average in Bowling. 589 wickets in First Class at an average less than 20. His best was against Tamil Nadu in Ranji   final in 1972-73 at Chennai. The host had prepared spinning track or Aakhada. On this type of wickets, spinners have to just bowl straight & wicket does the rest. The hosts had 2 experienced bowlers in the form of Venkant & VV Kumar. Mumbai  had Paddy. The match was such a low scoring one that it lasted only 2 days. On the 1st ball of third day Paddy took 13 wickets.

 

In the Ranji trophy final between Mumbai and Maharashtra , Shivalkar played a major role. Mumbai were weakened as their  main players were in West Indies on national duty while Maharashtra had Chetan Chouhan, Gupte, Kanitkar and shrude captain Borde. Shivalkar took 8 wickets which enabled Mumbai to win Ranji trophy.

He was unlucky to be playing in the same era when another left arm spinner was making all international players dance to his tune. Yes…..it was Bishan Singh Bedi.

No body was surprised when his name was announced for C K Naidudu  Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

 

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