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    December 20, 2004

    Vijay Hazare, one of India's best cricketers, passed away on Saturday, aged 89. The sad news has pretty much been expected by cricket fans. Hazare is best remembered for his century in each innings effort at Adelaide in 1947/48 against an Australian attack having Lindwall and Miller and his partnership with Dattu Phadkar after India were in ruins at 0/4 at Leeds in 1952 on Trueman's debut. Harsha Bhogle had written about the Adelaide effort last year.

    That incurable romantic (and sometimes senile chap) Raj Singh Dungarpur rates Hazare amongst India's top three batsmen. I assume the remaining two would need to be picked from amongst Nayudu, Merchant, Vishwanath, Gavaskar, Tendulkar and Dravid. Quite a tough job!

    Some of his contemporaries reminisce about Hazare's batting.

    Boria Majumdar, one of the youngest cricket historians you can find, points out that Hazare was a pretty decent bowler too, after all you dont get Bradman out for 15 too often, do you?

    Ramachandra Guha, on what Hazare meant to Indian cricket.

    Mihir Bose, on the competition between the two V's - Vijay Merchant and Vijay Hazare.

    Hazare is immortalized in Indian cinema though for a totally different reason. This is how Amitabh's justifies being able to talk English, walk English and laugh English. Ignore the fact that Hazare and Merchant wouldnt have been playing at the MCG in 1929 and read on. Any idea who the dialogue writer for Namak Halal was? Was it Prakash Mehra himself?

    In the year 1929 when India was playing Australia at the Melbourne stadium, Vijay Hazare and Vijay Merchant were at the crease. Vijay Merchant told Vijay Hazare: "Now look Vijay Hazare, this is a very prestigious match and we must consider it very prestigiously. We must take this into consideration. The consideration that this is an important match and ultimately this consideration must end in a run."

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