Cricket Classics

'Record went unnoticed'

Monday, January 12, 2022
Gaurav Saxena

Mumbai: As gutsy cricketers they did not come any better than Rameshchandra Gangaram 'Bapu' Nadkarni. From the mid-fifties till late sixties, India were quite often playing to save Test matches and Nadkarni was the ideal man for the job.

Nadkarni was a useful batsman and a miserly bowler. He still holds the world record for economical bowling display in Test cricket.
In the first Test between India and England at Madras (now Chennai), Bapu Nadkarni bowled 21 consecutive maiden overs, a record for six-ball overs, finishing with figures of 32-27-5-0, on January 12 in 1964. 

In an exclusive interview with, Nadkarni relived his unique feat and spoke about the spin bowling.

On the unique record: I came to know about it later. In the evening the official scorer came up to me and told me that I have set a new world record and have bowled the most economical spell.

On the celebration after achieving the feat: No celebrations really. A few of my team-mates took a dig at me. At that time there was no media coverage and things like these went unnoticed.

On his bowling style: I used to bowl at a tight line and length. I always tried to put pressure on batsman by not allowing him to score off my bowling. I used to test the patience of the batsman.

On winning Wellington Test against New Zealand: I still remember that match. That was my day and I achieved my career-best figures of 6/43 against the Black Caps. I bowled at a teasing line and was rewarded for my consistency. 

On present Indian spinners: I think Harbhajan is India's best spinner. But he had changed a lot. Earlier, he used to give a good loop and flight but now days he bowls a little flatter. I think that's because of the rise in number of ODIs and T20s.