Vijay Merchant

A commemorative postage stamp on Vijaysingh Madhavji Merchant, an Indian cricketer, founder of the Bombay School of Batsmanship [a part of the seriesCricket – India‘] :

Founder of the Bombay School of BatsmanshipCK Nayudu, Vinoo Mankad, D.B. Deodhar & Vijay MerchantIssued by India

Issued on Mar 13, 1996

Courtesy :
Stamp Design : Dinesh Banduni

FDC design : Suresh Kumar
Cancellation : Alka Sharma

Colour : Multi Colour

Type : Stamps, Postal Used

Denomination : 200 Paise

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

Name : Vijay Madhavji Thakersey

Born on Oct 12, 1911 at Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India

Died on Oct 27, 1987 at Bombay, Maharashtra, India

About : 

  • 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.
  • 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.

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