Hemant Kanitkar: 10 things to know about the former Indian wicket-keeper and batsman

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first_imgFormer cricketer Hemant Kanitkar was an Indian wicket-keeper and batsman who represented India in two international Tests in the home series against Clive Lloyds West Indies in 1974-75. The cricketer passed away on June 9, 2015.Here are some interesting things you should know about him:1. He was born on December 8, 1942 in Amravati, Maharashtra and his full name was Hemant Shamsunder Kanitkar.2. At the age of 21, Kanitkar made a splendid debut in national cricket. It was his first milestone in 1963 when he scored a splendid 151 not out against Saurashtra, which made him the second man to have scored a ton in his Ranji debut for Maharashtra.3. He has a record of 20 stump hits and 70 catches as a wicket-keeper.4. It was at the age of 30 that Kanitkar was selected to play internationally. He represented India in the home series test against Clive Lloyd’s West Indies in 1974-75.5. In the two international Tests, Kanitkar played alongside Sir Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge at Bangalore. He batted at No. 3 in the first innings in which he scored 65 runs. Opening in the second innings, he could score only 18.6. For his consistent performance on field, he was awarded Indian Cricketer of the Year in the year 1973.7. Not many know, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Hemant’s son is also a cricketer. He came recalled for his great performance against Pakistan in One-Day International at Dhaka in 1998. He remained not-out in that match.8. It can be said that sports runs in the blood of the Kanitkars. Hemant’s second son, Aditya, played golf and is married to Radhika Tulpule, a former tennis player.advertisement9. Besides sports, Kanitkars have their own business as builders.10. He scored over 3,000 runs at an average of 42.78, hitting 13 centuries and 23 half-centuries.last_img

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