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Former India cricketer Ashok Mankad dies at 61

cricket Updated: Aug 01, 2008 17:35 IST
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Former India test cricketer Ashok Mankad died in his sleep on Friday, aged 61.

Mankad, the son of former India captain Vinoo Mankad, was a teenage prodigy who was largely unable to translate his impressive scoring feats at first-class and schoolboy level into consistent scoring in his 22 tests.

A member of the India team that won the first away test series in the West Indies and England in 1971, Mankad was repeatedly shuffled around the batting order, ending up playing in all positions from opener to No. 8.

Mankad made his test debut in 1969-70 against New Zealand, and his most impressive test performances came in that season, scoring four half centuries against Australia, including a 97 that proved to be his highest test score.

He finished his test career with 991 runs at an average of 25.41. In domestic cricket, Mankad continued to be a prodigious scorer, finishing his first-class career in 1983 with 12,980 runs at an average of 50.90.

Mankad was married to Nirupama Mankad, who was long the pre-eminent female tennis player in India. Their son Harsh Mankad is also a tennis professional and had played 16 singles matches as part of India's Davis Cup squad between 200-2005.