A big tribute to the legendary cricketer of all time and former captain of the Indian cricket team, Vijay Hazare on his birth anniversary!

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Vijay Hazare Biography

The ex-Indian cricketer and legendary player, Vijay Hazare is being reminisced on his 105th birth anniversary. His natal day falls on March 11, 1915. Hailing from Hindu family, a right-hand batsman and a right-hand medium pace bowler, Vijay Hazare was born as Vijay Samuel Hazare in a Marathi Christian family in the former 11-gun salute Maratha princely state of Sangli, Bombay Presidency, British India. He was one among the eight children of his parents. His father was a school teacher. He completed his studies from the Presbyterian Mission Industrial School in Sangli. His personal interests include travelling and listening to music. He likes black and red in colour and enjoys eating non-vegetarian food. His favourite destination is Dubai.

Vijay Hazare Achievements

Some of his remarkable achievements are as follows:

  • He became the first Indian batsman to make three centuries in first-class cricket. 
  • He amassed two triple centuries as a first Indian in which he made his highest score 316 not out for Maharashtra against Poona in 1939-40 and the second was in 1943-44 for The Rest against The Hindus at Bombay with the score 309 out of 387. Although The Rest was beaten by an innings, he made a partnership of 300 runs with his brother Vivek Hazare who made his contribution of 21 runs in the partnership of 266 runs. 
  • In every innings of his Test match, he hit a century. 
  • In 1951-52, Hazare played against England at Kanpur and made a pair. He was the first Indian batsman to score a duck in both innings.  
  • He is the first Indian player to score a century in three consecutive matches. 
  • In his first-class career, he became the first Indian player to score fifty centuries. 
  • He is ranked #1 amongst the Indian players to score 1000 runs. 
  • He scored the highest partnership for any wicket in first-class cricket with 577 runs which was broken in 2006 by Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene who scored 624 for Sri Lanka against South Africa. 

Vijay Hazare Cricket Career

One of India’s finest batsmen after World War II, Vijay Hazare was shy in nature. He captained the Indian cricket team 14 times between 1946 and 1953 and played in 30 Test matches in total. He made 2,192 runs with a batting average of 47.65 and 60 first-class centuries in total including seven in the 30 test matches. He is the fourth Indian player to score the highest centuries and is also recognised for 10 first-class double centuries including six during World War II. At that time, India was the only Test-cricket playing nation who held the domestic first-class cricket tournament without any interference. 

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Hazare is known for his world record of 577 run partnership with Gul Mohammad in 1946-47. In 1939-40, he amassed 18,740 runs (highest first-class aggregate for an Indian player after Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid) with a batting average of 58.38 in first-class cricket, with his highest runs record of 316 not out.  

India came into the spotlight when he triumphed the first Test match for India and represented India in 30 Test matches thereafter. During India’s first tour of Australia in 1947/48, he gave his best performance against Don Bradman’s ‘Invincible’ Australian side and amassed centuries at Adelaide. Along with his adversary and teammate Vijay merchant he was held responsible for formulating the Bombay School of batsmanship a significant part of Indian cricket. 

Although no international cricket was being played during the second World War, Hazare and Merchant kept on scoring runs in Mumbai in Indian domestic cricket. Their performance was cheered by nearly 20-30 thousand people at Brabourne stadium.

At the age of 51, Hazare took retirement from first-class cricket. His medium pace leg-cutters was a big hindrance for most of the players including Don Bradman. In his career, he ripped off Bradman’s wicket two times. During his cricket career, he took 595 first-class wickets with an average of 24.61 with the ball. 

Vijay Hazare Personal Life

Vijay Hazare has been dignified with the Vijay Hazare Trophy named after him, a zonal-cricket tournament in India. He and Jasu Patel were awarded the Padma Shri for the first time. 

The limited-overs domestic tournament in India is named after him. Post-retirement, he made his contribution by becoming an Indian selector. 

Vijay Hazare Death Cause

On December 18, 2004, the leading Indian player took his last breath in Baroda, Gujarat. He died due to the prolonged illness caused by intestinal cancer. 

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