Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

Former India players laud Eknath Solkar

Former India players laud Eknath Solkar

Eknath Solkar is always remembered for his courageous knock of 102 against Clive Lloyd’s touring West Indians at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium in 1974-75 © Getty Images

 

Mumbai: Nov 23, 2011

 

Former South African fielding great Jonty Rhodes would have struggled to show his skills at forward short leg position, where the late Eknath Solkar excelled in the late 1960s and 1970s, feels Ravi Shastri.

 

“He (Jonty) would have had no chance at forward short leg as South Africa never had spinners. He wouldn’t have known how to field in that position, he would have been ordinary. I haven’t seen anyone come close to Ekki (Eknath Solkar) in forward short leg position,” the former Indian all-rounder said at the launch of Eknath Solkar Academy at the Shivaji Park Gymkhana here.

 

He further said that Solkar created catches by anticipating the movements of the batsmen, adding that the fellow-Mumbaikar was the first Test player he had ever met.

 

Left-handed Solkar, whose Test career stretched between 1969 and 1976-77, played in 27 Tests, scoring 1,068 runs in 48 innings, mostly by batting doughtily lower down the order, averaging 25.42 with one century, a courageous knock of 102 against Clive Lloyd’s touring West Indians at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium in 1974-75, and six half centuries.

 

Solkar also bagged 18 wickets with his mixture of slow left arm medium pace and spin, giving away 1070 runs at a costly 59.44 per wicket.

 

More memorably, he took 53 catches, mostly blinders and acrobatic ones, standing at short leg to the famed spin quartet of Bishen Singh Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar and Srinivas Venkataraghavan.

 

Gundappa Vishwanath, one of India’s finest batsmen, said, he had fond memories of Solkar as they shared the room for many years.

 

“He made his debut against New Zealand in Hyderabad in 1969 and I was in the reserves of that team. He got out for a zero. I told him at night many of the great cricketers had scored a zero in their first match. When I made my debut in Kanpur, I scored a zero. He took all the names and said one Eknath Solkar also scored a zero,” Vishwanath said.

 

Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar said he had known Solkar since their school days and treated him as a hero, as he was the first one to play for the country from their group.

 

“During one of the matches, I was not in the best of forms and Eknath told me don’t worry youngster just watch me,” the batting maestro said, remembering how Solkar had encouraged him.(PTI)

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014  at Dubai

Chennai Super Kings won by 7 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Photos

CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi

Videos

IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Sachin Tendulkar — the greatest batsman of India

Sachin Tendulkar: A timeless fairytale

Sachin Tendulkar: The child, the father, but sexy? Not quite

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab KXIP vs SRH KXIP vs SRH 2014 MS Dhoni Rajasthan Royals RR vs CSK 2014 Sanju Samson Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sachin Tendulkar turns 41, celebrating birthday away from cricket field

IPL 2014 set to break all records

Saleem Malik hits out at PCB for not reviewing his life ban

IPL 2014: Ravindra Jadeja says he enjoys bowling after Chennai’s win over Rajasthan

David Miller believes three consecutive wins in IPL 2014 ‘phenomenal’ for Kings XI Punjab

Happy birthday! A bouquet of CricketCountry’s best Sachin Tendulkar features

Sachin Tendulkar – The century of centuries in tweets

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Happy Birthday, Sachin Tendulkar — The lesser known records

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

Now an ICU in your home — at a much cheaper cost!

IPL 2014: Ravindra Jadeja says he enjoyed bowling on a turning track against Rajasthan Royals

Salman Khan to miss Lok Sabha elections 2014!

Courage Beyond Compare – a tale of disabled athletes

Apple Q2 2014 earnings: 43.7 million iPhones, 16.3 million iPads sold

Apple iPhone sales in India grew 55% year-on-year

Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Alok Nath – why should these guys never dare to endorse a condom brand!

Happy birthday! A bouquet of CricketCountry’s best Sachin Tendulkar features

Also on cricketcountry.com