Complete Set of 4 nos of commemorative postage stamps on the Cricketers of India – C. K. Nayudu, Vinoo Mankad, D. B. Deodhar & Vijay Merchant :
Issued by India
Issued on Mar 13, 1996
Stamp Design : Dinesh Banduni
FDC design : Suresh Kumar
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Colour : Multi Colour
Type : Stamps, Postal Used
Denomination : 200 Paise each
Overall size : 4.06 x 2.41 Cms.
Printing size : 3.70 x 2.05 Cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un w/m Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper in Sheets of size 53.5 x 50.8 cms.
Number of Stamps Printed : One Million each
Number per issue sheet : 45
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
- Cricket – a game that has the heady magic of an addiction for sportsmen who have become legends in their lifetime and beyond. This set of four stamps issued by the Department of Post pays a tribute to cricket and to some of India’s legendary cricketers who gave the game its early impetus and set the trend which was to be followed by equally brilliant successors on the pitch.
- Col. C. K. Nayudu (1895-1967) was India’s first captain in Test Cricket and the best all-rounder of the time. A right handed batsman, he was a hard-hitting foot player, driving on both sides of the wicket and also a more than useful slow-medium change bowler, with a controlled spin. With a game career from 1916 to 1964, he became the elder statesman of Indian Cricket, playing in a first class match in his sixty ninth year, going on to become a Test selector and Vice President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He played 207 matches and 7 tests with a run total of 11,852 (average 33.94) and his highest score was 200, 411 wickets, 171 catches and 1 stumping. He was the first Indian cricketer to be honoured with ‘Padma Bhushan’ by the Government of India in 1955 in recognition to his contribution to the development of sports. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has instituted ‘Col. C. K. Nayudu Trophy’ for cricketers under 22 years of age in 1974-75 as a tribute to him.
- Prof. D. B. Deodhar (1892-1993) was popularly known as the grand old man of Indian Cricket. He was the oldest first class cricketer at the time of his death and was last of the cricketers who made their first class debut before the first World War, in the year 1911-12. He was a solid right-handed middle-order batsman. He was Vice President of the BCCI and was also a national selector. He was President of the Maharashtra Cricket Association since its inception. Deodhar Trophy, a limited over inter-zonal competition played in India since 1973, is named after him. He played 81 matches with a run total of 4522 (average 39.32) and a highest score of 246; 11 wickets; 70 catches.
- Vinoo Mankad (1917-1978); Mulvantrai Himmatrai Mankad widely known as ‘Vinoo‘ was one of India’s greatest all-rounders in cricket. He was a right-handed batsman varying his drive according to the state of the game. Watchful in defence, the late-cut (or dab), leg hit or cover drive earned him most of his runs; he was a high quality, left-arm orthodox slow bowler, with a slightly round-arm action who spun the ball unusually strongly and his flight and length were almost invariably perfect. His over would last a little more than a minute, allowing no rest to a batsman. He captained the Indian team in test cricket in the 1954-55 tour of Pakistan. He played 233 matches and 44 tests with a total of 11591 runs to his credit (average 24.70) and a highest score of 231; 782 wickets; 180 catches. He has the distinction of highest first wicket partnership with Pankaj Roy in Test Cricket (431 run partnership). He was chosen Wisden Cricketer in 1947. He was awarded life membership of MCC in 1967.
- Vijay Merchant (1911-1987) was an outstanding Test batsman. His comparatively small physique did not handicap him, for what he lacked in reach was compensated by perfect footwork and quick reflexes. Right-handed, his cutting, both square and late, was brilliant, and he hooked, drove (especially the fast bowlers) and played the ball off his legs with mastery. He was a careful builder of an innings and there was something softly feline about him at the wicket. He played 150 matches and 10 Tests with 13,470 runs (average 71.64) and a highest score of 359 not out; 65 wickets; 115 catches.
- Compilation by Mohandas Menon, Hon. Statistician, BCCI.