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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: BCCI names Gupte, Patuadi for Nayudi award

Published: Saturday, September 1, 2001, 17:57 [IST]
 
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[an error occurred while processing this directive]New Delhi: Ace leg spinner of yesteryears Subash Gupte and former India captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi have been bestowed with the prestigious C K Nayudu award for the year 2000 and 2001 respectively.The award, in memory of the first 'superstar' of Indian cricket, is given in recognition of life-time achievements and contribution to the game in the country and consists of a memento and Rs two lakh in cash.The awards were decided at a high-powered Board of Control for Cricket in Indian committee meeting on Saturday, chaired by its president A C Muthiah, and attended by P M Rungta, Raj Singh Dungarpur and Delhi unit chief Arun Jaitley. Board secretary Jaywant Lele was the convenor. One of the greatest leg spinners the world has known, Subash 'Fergie' Gupte, had, in just 36 Tests, a very impressive haul of 149 wickets conceding 4,403 runs for an average of 29.55, that too in an era when indian fielders were known to be 'butter-fingered'. The monarch of the art and science of leg spin and googly, who reigned supreme in the 1950s and 1960s, Gupte reached his peak in the season 1958-59, when he had the mighty West Indies reeling with a bag of 20 wickets, including nine for 102 in an innings at Green Park, Kanpur. A gypsy at heart, Gupte, born on December 11, 1929, played Ranji Trophy for Bombay, Bengal and Rajasthan before migrating to Trinidad, West Indies. He is reportedly very ill, according to information received here. In his quest for more wickets, Gupte, would sure, have loved to play under the captaincy of 'Tiger' Pataudi, who completely transformed the Indian team, insisting, by personal example, on the importance of fielding and forging into a single unit a team divided by group loyalties based on caste, community and religion.Son of another former India captain Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, 'tiger' did not allow a car accident which blinded him in one eye to deter him. He scored 2,793 runs in 46 Tests for an average of 34.91. More importantly his reign saw the emergence of the deadly spin quartet of erapalli Prasanna, Bishan Singh Bedi, Bhagwat Chandrasekar and Srinivas Venkatraghavan. Helping them spin batsmen to their doom were the super close in fielders Eknath Solkar, Abid Ali, Ajit Wadekar and Venkatraghavan. PTI

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