Kiran More: Never watched Test cricket before playing for India

Kiran More played 49 Test matches for India © AFP

Mumbai: Jul 12, 2013

Former Test stumper Kiran More had not seen a Test match before touring the West Indies in 1982-83 with the Indian squad as understudy to Syed Kirmani.

“Being from a middle class family, I had never ever seen a Test match before that tour,” said the Baroda-born player.

The 50-year-old ex-chief selector was speaking at a prize distribution function organised by the MIG Club. He was the chief guest there.

More had to wait for three more years after that visit to the Caribbean islands to make his Test debut at Lord’s against England in 1986, though he had by then played ODIs.

Narrating interesting anecdotes, More also said that he is a big fan of the Mumbai cricket.

More felt that Mumbai stalwarts like Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Ravi Shastri, Sanjay Manjrekar and Zaheer Khan should share their rich experience and offer whatever guidance possible to youngsters to help sustain the quality of the city’s cricket.

He also said his skills flowered when keeping wickets to the classical left arm bowling of veteran Mumbai spinner Padmakar Shivalkar who played only unofficial Tests for India.

More narrated a funny incident about travelling in Mumbai’s crowded local trains.

“I once took the Virar fast train and, while getting down at Andheri station, realised that I had left my kit bag and shoes in the train,” he remembered.

He had also played the role of a scorer on his first trip to the West Indies.

“I also played the role of a scorer as there was no one to keep the scores,” he said, much to the amusement of the audience at the Bandra club.

More also shared other funny incidents involving his good friend and competitor – Chandrakant Pandit.

“Though we both were competitors fighting for the same place, we had a great rapport which at times surprised our captain, the great Kapil Dev. On many tours we were room partners and we used to indulge in our trademark Tapori dance,” he said.