Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar (born 6 April 1956) is a former Indian cricketer and a cricket administrator. He was known as one of the foremost exponents of the drive. He was also known by the nickname ‘Colonel’. Along with Sunil Gavaskar and Gundappa Viswanath, he was a key player in the Indian batting line up in the late 70s and early 80s. He went on to play till 1992. He represented Bombay in the Ranji Trophy.
At this pinnacle of his career, Vengsarkar was rated as the best batsmen in the Coopers and Lybrand rating (a predecessor of the PWC ratings) and he held the number one slot for 21 months in a row till March 2, 1989.
Vengsarkar made his international cricket debut against New Zealand at Auckland in 1975-76 as an opening batsmen. India won this Test convincingly, but he did not have much success. Later on he usually batted in the No.3 or No.4 position.
He played a memorable innings in 1979 against Asif Iqbal’s Pakistan team in the 2nd Test at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. Requiring 390 to win on the final day, he led India’s chase getting the team very close to a victory. India ended up with 364 for 6, just 26 runs short of what would have been a remarkable win. With Yashpal Sharma, Kapil Dev and Roger Binny back to the pavilion after Tea break, Vengsarkar saw himself running out of partners and decided to play the last few overs for a draw. He remained unbeaten on 146.
During the 1978-79 Test Series in India against the West Indies, he was involved in a partnership of over 300 runs with Sunil Gavaskar at Calcutta, with both batsman scoring centuries.
He was a member of the 1983 World Champion’s team. He had a productive run of scores between 1985 and 1987, where he scored centuries against Pakistan, Australia, England, West Indies and Sri Lanka, many of them in successive games.
While the West Indies pacemen dominated the cricket world, Dilip Vengsarkar was one of the few batsmen who was successful against them, and scored 6 centuries against the likes of Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding and Andy Roberts.
He is currently team mentor and coach for Telugu Warrior team in CCL(Celebrity Cricket League) Season 5
He also scored a century at Lord’s in 1986 and thereby attaining the distinction of scoring three consecutive Test match centuries at Lord’s. For his effort to help India win the Test series in England (a rare feat in itself) he was awarded the Man of the Series award.He has scored 3 Test centuries at Lord’s, which is most by any visiting batsman at the venue in Tests.
|No.||Match||Score||Against||Inn.||Venue||H/A||100 Scored on||Result|
|1||17||157*||West Indies||2||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||Home||000000001979-01-02-00002 January 1979||Drawn|
|2||19||109||West Indies||1||Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi||Home||000000001979-01-27-000027 January 1979||Drawn|
|3||22||103||England||2||Lord’s, St John’s Wood, London||Away||000000001979-08-07-00007 August 1979||Drawn|
|4||26||112||Australia||1||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore||Home||000000001979-09-23-000023 September 1979||Drawn|
|5||32||146*||Pakistan||2||Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi||Home||000000001979-12-09-00009 December 1979||Drawn|
|6||49||157||England||2||Lord’s Cricket Ground St John’s Wood, London||Away||000000001982-06-14-000014 June 1982||Lost|
|7||66||159||West Indies||1||Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi||Home||000000001983-10-29-000029 October 1983||Drawn|
|8||67||100||West Indies||1||Wankhede Stadium, Bombay||Home||000000001983-11-24-000024 November 1983||Drawn|
|9||76||137||England||1||Green Park Stadium, Kanpur||Home||000000001985-02-01-00001 February 1985||Drawn|
|10||83||126*||England||1||Lord’s, St John’s Wood, London||Away||000000001986-06-07-00007 June 1986||Won|
|11||84||102*||England||2||Headingley, Leeds||Away||000000001986-06-21-000021 June 1986||Won|
|12||87||164*||Australia||1||Wankhede Stadium, Bombay||Home||000000001986-10-18-000018 October 1986||Drawn|
|13||89||153||Sri Lanka||1||Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur||Home||000000001986-12-30-000030 December 1986||Won|
|14||90||166||Sri Lanka||1||Barabati Stadium, Cuttack||Home||000000001987-01-05-00005 January 1987||Won|
|15||94||109||Pakistan||1||Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad||Home||000000001987-03-08-00008 March 1987||Drawn|
|16||96||1020 !102||West Indies||2||Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi||Home||000000001987-11-28-000028 November 1987||Lost|
|17||98||1020 !102*||West Indies||1||Eden Gardens, Calcutta||Home||000000001987-12-30-000030 December 1987||Drawn|
|No.||Match||Score||Against||Inn.||Venue||H/A||100 Scored on||Result|
|1||46||105||England||1||Nehru Stadium, Pune||Home||000000001984-12-05-00005 December 1984||Lost|
Vengsarkar took over the captaincy from Kapil Dev after the 1987 Cricket World Cup, despite criticism that he missed the semi-final match due to a stomach disorder resulting from sea food allergy. Although he started with two centuries in his first series as captain, his captaincy period was turbulent and he lost the job following a disastrous tour of the West Indies in early 1989 and a stand-off with the Indian cricket board (BCCI).
- Dilip Vengsarkar was awarded the Arjuna Award for his on-field performances in 1981
- For his contribution to the Indian cricket the Government of India decorated him with the Padma Shri honour in 1987.
- Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1987
- Dilip Vengsarkar was awarded prestigious CK Naidu Lifetime Achievement award by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
In his retirement life, Dilip Vengsarkar started the Elf-Vengsarkar Academy in 1995. Vengsarkar became the Vice-President for the Mumbai Cricket Association in 2003. Though, he was the front runner for the post of the Chairman, Selection Committee, Dilip opted out because of his policy against zonal representation. Dilip Vengsarkar was made the Chairman of the Talent Resource Development Wing (TRDW) when it was created in 2002 to develop cricket talent within the country. The TRDW program also had the support of Brijesh Patel. Presently he is Chief Adviser of the Cricket Association of Telangana (CAT).
In March 2006, BCCI proposed the name of Vengsarkar for match referee, but the proposal did not move forward as Vengsarkar accepted the job as chairman of selectors of the BCCI in September 2006 – in contrast to his stance on zonal representation a decade ago.
He runs three cricket academies, two in Mumbai and one in Pune. These academies give cricket training free of cost to the selected players selected on their skill level. He has recently launched his own website whose aim is to help upcoming players of India to move a step ahead.
One Day International Cricket
Man of the Match awards
|1||England||Gandhi Stadium, Jalandhar||20 December 1981||88* (107 balls: 9×4)||India won by 6 wickets.|
|2||England||Nehru Stadium, Pune||5 December 1984||105 (124 balls, 10×4, 1×6)||England won by 4 wickets.|
|3||Sri Lanka||P Sara Oval, Colombo||22 September 1984||55 (55 balls, 3×4) ; 1 Ct.||No result.|
|4||Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||31 January 1986||77* (88 balls, 5×4)||India won by 6 wickets.|
|5||Pakistan||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah||10 April 1987||95* (151 balls, 7×4)||Pakistan won by 8 wickets.|