Once upon a time making a century in Test cricket was not so easy. But now it has become commonplace. Many cricketers …
Once upon a time making a century in Test cricket was not so easy. But now it has become commonplace. Many cricketers are scoring centuries. And even if the double century is a little difficult .. it is also bad. However, it is difficult to score a triple century in Tests. This is true. 400 though .. very difficult .. and then 500 runs is a dream come true.
However, only one batsman in first-class cricket scored 500 runs. He’s not West Indies legend Brian Lara. Laura is also the only batsman to score 400 runs in international cricket. However, many batsmen have crossed the 500 mark in Test cricket before Brian Lara. Some of them are also TeamIndia players. One of them is Dadabhoy Rustamji Havewala.
Dadabhai Havewala, a former Team India first class cricketer, was born on 27 November 1908 in Nargol, Gujarat to a Parsi family. Havewala started his cricket career in Mumbai (then Bombay). However .. First class cricket in India started in 1934 .. Dadabhai Tanento proved it even before that. Rewrote history with his Allround Abilities.
The Times of India Shield final match was played in December 1933 at the Islamic Gymkhana in Bombay. Railways and St. Xavier’s College of Bombay played in this match. Dadabhai entered the ring on behalf of the Railways. Batting first, Xavier’s were all out for a massive 446 by the end of the first day. The team’s batsman Y. Ismail top-scored with 106 runs.
First Indian batsman to score 500 runs ..
The Railways batted first in the first innings and batted for three days in a row. This put Xavier ahead of the team with a huge score of 721. However, Dadabhai scored 515 runs in this score. Dadabhai became the first Indian batsman to score 500 runs with 56 fours and 32 sixes. Then in 2013, Prithviraj Shah broke the 80-year-old Dadabhai record of 546 runs.
Xavier’s were all out for 128 in the second innings. Railways won by 147 runs. What is special here is that Dadabhai did not score only 515 runs. He also showed his pride with the ball. 6 wickets in the first innings .. 5 wickets in the second innings.
Dadabhai’s first class career is like this ..
Dadabhai did not make much of an impact in first-class cricket. Dadabhai played 31 first-class matches for the Mumbai cricket team between 1934-41. He scored 1293 runs in 50 innings with the help of 2 centuries and 12 fifties. At the same time, he took 51 wickets in bowling. Dadabhai passed away on July 21, 1982 at the age of 73.