Pankaj Roy

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Pankaj Roy
Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy after record breaking opening stand 1956.jpg
Pankaj Roy (left) and Vinoo Mankad returning to the pavilion after their world record opening partnership of 413 runs, Madras, 11 January 1956. Their record stood for 52 years.
Personal information
Born(1928-05-31)31 May 1928
Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died4 February 2001(2001-02-04) (aged 72)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm medium
RelationsBrother: Nemailal Roy
Son: Pranab Roy
Nephew: Ambar Roy
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Runs scored244211868
Batting average 32.5642.38
Top score173202*
Balls bowled1041146
Wickets 121
Bowling average 66.0030.85
5 wickets in innings -1
10 wickets in match--
Best bowling1/65/53
Catches/stumpings 16/-74/-

Pankaj Roy Loudspeaker.svg pronunciation   (31 May 1928 – 4 February 2001) was an Indian cricketer. A right-handed opening batsman, he is best known for establishing the world record opening partnership of 413 runs, together with Vinoo Mankad, against New Zealand at Chennai. The record stood until 2008. He was honoured with the Padma Shri. His nephew Ambar Roy and son Pranab Roy also played Test cricket for India.


First-class career

Roy played domestic cricket in India for the Bengal cricket team. He scored a century on his first-class debut in 1946-47 and went on to score 33 hundreds, scoring a total of 11868 first class runs at 42.38.

Test career

When England toured India in 1951, Roy was selected for the Indian squad and made his Test debut at Delhi. Despite making just 12 in his debut innings he scored 2 centuries in the series. The following summer he toured England and had a contrasting series, making 5 ducks in his 7 innings, including Frank Tyson's debut first class wicket. This tally included a pair at Old Trafford. He was among the four victims (others being Datta Gaekwad, Vijay Manjrekar and Madhav Mantri) in India's miserable 0-4 start in the second innings of the Headingley Test of 1952 with Fred Trueman playing havoc. He would hit five Test centuries for India, with a top score of 173.

He captained India in a Test match in England in 1959, which India lost.

Preceded by
Datta Gaekwad
Indian National Test Cricket Captain
1959 (1 Test Match)
Succeeded by
Datta Gaekwad

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