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Honours Board Legend: Mankad

Former India all-rounder Vinoo Mankad
Former India all-rounder Vinoo Mankad

Vinoo Mankad is one of the very few names that appear on both the batting and bowling Honours Boards at Lord’s, and remarkably, he achieved this feat with a century and a five-wicket haul in the same game.

Playing for India against England in 1952, Mankad produced an all-round performance that wrote his name into Lord’s history forever, making 184 opening the batting in India’s second innings, which followed his 5/196 earlier in the match.

Sadly for his team Mankad’s heroics acted as a lone hand as India fell to an eight-wicket defeat. In the words of Len Hutton, he "played England on his own."

After captain Vijay Hazare won the toss and elected to bat, India were bowled out for 235 on the first day, with Mankad contributing an important 72.

However this score was soon overtaken by England, with Len Hutton making a majestic 150, and Godfrey Evans also making a century as the hosts put on an imposing 537.

He 'played England on his own'

As the runs were racked up, left-arm spinner Mankad was forced to put in a monstrous shift, bowling 73 overs in the innings - by far the most of any of the Indian bowlers. While he conceded 196 runs, he was rewarded for sticking so admirably to his task, picking up five wickets.

Following his bowling efforts, Mankad was required to open the batting once more, an achievement in itself considering the sheer number of deliveries he had sent down.

In Wisden’s report of the game, it is written that "although Mankad had bowled 31 of his 73 overs that day, he not only opened once more but batted even better than on the first day."

While his teammates fell around him, Mankad was undeterred, playing an innings of supreme quality. Wisden wrote of his stroke play that "it was refreshing to see a batsman willing to make strokes, an art which many modern players have never learned."

Not out on 86 overnight, and with the Queen visiting Lord’s on Day Four, Mankad treated the crowd for a further display of excellent batsmanship, frustrating an England attack that included Alec Bedser, Fred Trueman and Jim Laker.

Breaking his captain Hazare’s then-record high score for an Indian player in Tests, Mankad continued to 184, before "exhaustion overtook him and he was yorked."

Mankad’s 184 included 19 fours and one six, and was a fine achievement considering that only two of his teammates made over 16 runs.

Despite Mankad’s best efforts, India were only able to set England a paltry fourth innings target of 77, but his work did not finish there, bowling 24 overs for just 35 as England took 50 overs to reach their score.

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