Chandrakant Gulabrao “Chandu” Borde
Borde made his debut in 1954/55 domestic season for Baroda against Gujarat in Ahmedabad in December 1954. He played in the semi-final against Holkar and was bowled for a duck. He had more success in the following season, making maiden century against Bombay. In the 1957/58 Ranji final against Services, he scored a half-century and picked up 5 wickets in the match. He representedMaharashtra after a transfer in 1964.
Borde made his debut in the First Test during the West Indies tour of India. Over the first two Tests, his performance was ordinary and was dropped for the Third Test in favour of debutant Ramnath Kenny. After a poor performance from Kenny, Borde was recalled and made his maiden Test half-century. In the Fifth and final Test of the series, Borde made his international breakthrough with a maiden century, 109 and then 96 in the second innings of a drawn match.
In the next series, India toured England, and Borde fractured the little finger on the left hand in the First Test, and missed the second Test. Over the next 11 matches, Borde scored only two half-centuries and 14 wickets as Australia and Pakistan toured India. In the Fourth Test against Pakistan in Madras, he made 177*, his second century and highest Test score, combining in a 177-run stand with fellow centurion Polly Umrigar.
Contributions in Indian victories
Borde played a key part in India’s first victory over England in the Fourth Test played in Eden Gardens, Kolkata, scoring two half centuries (68 and 61) and taking 3 wickets in the First Test. In the next Test in Madras, India won again with Borde taking five wickets.
India’s tour of the West Indies in 1961/62 was disappointing, resulting in a 5-0 whitewash. Borde had a mediocre series scoring 244 runs at 24.4 and taking only six wickets. He followed it with good performances in the next two series (England in India, and Australia tour of India) scoring 383 at 42.55 and taking ten wickets in eight Tests.
New Zealand toured India in 1964/65 and Borde took a liking to the opposition, scoring a century in Brabourne Stadium, Bombay in the Third Test. It was one of three centuries in the series. He finished with 371 runs at 60.81. The series also marked the last time that Borde bowled at international level.
Honors: RoW XI selection and Test match captaincy
Outside his sole Test as captain in Australia, Borde had disappointing performances on the tours to Australia, England and New Zealand scoring 468 runs at 24.67 in 11 Tests with only four half-centuries. Playing only as a specialist batsman, Borde was dropped as part of a youth selection policy, with his place taken by Gundappa Viswanath after the First Test against Australia at Brabourne Stadium.
Borde had two stints as the chairman of the national selection committee:
Apart his duties as chairman of the selection committee, Borde has handled other tasks for Indian cricket and a partial list is listed:
Borde received several awards from Indian government and cricket establishment for his contribution to cricket:
- 1966: Was awarded the Arjuna Award by Government of India making him the fourth cricketer to receive the award.
- 1969: Was awarded the Padma Shri
- 2002: Awarded Padma Bhushan – India’s third highest civilian award.
- 2006: CK Nayudu Award for Lifetime achievement awarded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.