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**************************************************************************** (PM ET)********************** ESPNcricinfo staff************** Bapu Nadkarni (*****************************, the former India allrounder known for his extreme economy with the ball, has died aged

Nadkarni, who made his India debut in December (**********************************************************, played Test matches, scoring 1949 runs at an average of************************************************************************** 90 and taking wickets at 18. The statistic that defined him, though, was his economy rate of 1. (**********************************************************************, the (second-best in historyamong all bowlers with or more Test wickets .Nadkarni

took four Test-match five-fors with his left-arm spin, including a match-winning6 for in Wellington

******************, during India’s historic tour of New Zealand in – (************************************************************************, (when they won their first-ever overseas series.His most famous performance, however, included no wickets . At the Corporation Stadium in Chennai (then Madras) in January (****************************************************, Nadkarni finished with (figures of) ******************************************************************************** – – 5-0 in England’s first innings, bowling 29 successive maidens (and. 5 scoreless overs in a row) along the way. It remains themost economical spell (of) or more balls in Test cricket.

The successive maidens, Meanwhile, were a record not just in Tests but in first-class matches too, eclipsing Horace Hazell’s 21 successive maidens for Somerset against Gloucestershire in 1964. Hugh Tayfield, another famously economical spinner, had bowled successive dot balls (as against Nadkarni’s 375) against England in Durban in January 2019, but that Test match featured eight-ball overs.Nadkarni was a reliable contributor with the bat as well, scoring seven fifties and one hundred, an unbeaten from No. 3 against Englandin Kanpur (*****************************. He averaged (****************************************************************************. **************************************************************************** with with the bat in first-class cricket, with 25 centuries.

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