As you tuned in to watch the 3rd and final ODI (the series decider) of the India vs Australia series yesterday one thing that might have struck you is that why the Indian players were wearing black bands on their arms?
Well, usually we see this kind of gesture from sportsperson as a sign of protests yesterday’s flaunting of the black band had altogether different reason. The Men in Blue wore the bands as a mark of respect on passing away of former India allrounder Bapu Nadkarni.
Bapu Nadkarni who made his debut in December 1955 – passed away at the age of 86 on 17th January, 2020 (Friday) due to age-related ailments. BCCI and cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar paid their tributes and condolence on the demise of former Indian player.
Nadkarni played 41 Test matches and scored 1,414 runs at an average of 25.70 and picked up 88 wickets at 29.07 during his career. However, the highlight of his career was his bowling record.
He bowled a record twenty one consecutive maiden overs (131 dot balls in a row) in a 114-minute bowling spell. Nadkarni’s match figures were 32-24-23-0 against Pakistan at Kanpur and 34-24-24-1 in Delhi during the 1960-61 home series.
India on Sunday took the Aussies under radar as they beat them by 7 wickets courtesy Rohit Sharma’s century and captain Kholi’s innings of 89. After going 1-0 down India took the series 2-1 beating the Kangaroos at Rajkot and Bengaluru after Mumbai’s misfire.