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N Shivlal Yadav 

Selected as national selector for the second time.

Shivlal Yadav has been elected as the national selector at the two-day Annual General Meeting of the BCCI. The meeting  decided to persist with four of the five national selectors for another term, the only exception being south zone selector T A Sekar, a close confidant of Muthiah, who has been replaced by former Test off-spinner N Shivlal Yadav of Hyderabad.


He made his Test debut even as the great spin quartet was breaking up and, predictably enough, Shivlal Yadav faced uncharitable comparisons with his illustrious predecessors. It was to the credit of this stout hearted cricketer that he more than held his own and commanded a more or less regular place in the Indian team till 1987. At the time of his last Test, his overall figures compared favorably with the best Indian spin bowlers. 

An off spinner who possessed many fine qualities, Yadav was not afraid to flight the ball. He was never a big turner of the ball but had tremendous stamina, was steadiness personified and he was hardly ever collared. He made a striking debut when in his first series against Australia in 1979, he took 24 wickets in five Tests and his success led to the exclusion of Venkatraghavan.

He fitted in admirably with Shastri and Doshi to form the spin trio of the early 80s. He lost his place for a while but regained a spot when the West Indies toured India in 1983-84, picking up five for 131 in the first innings of the fourth Test at Bombay. He was overshadowed by L Sivaramakrishnan against England in 1984-85 but was outstanding against Australia in 1985-86 picking up 15 wickets in the three Tests. This included a match haul of eight wickets in the final game at Sydney when he almost bowled India to victory. Used to long spells (he sent down 75 overs in one innings against Pakistan at Faisalabad in 1984) Yadav bowled 95.3 overs in this match.

He again did well against the Australians in the return series in India in 1986-87 and later the same season registered his best innings figures of five for 76 against Sri Lanka at Nagpur. He did reasonably well in what turned out to be his last series, against Pakistan later in the season and in his penultimate Test took his 100th wicket.

There were a number of spinners in Hyderabad who may have been good enough to play for the country. Mumtaz Ali was one and Ramnarayan was another. The younger spinner Shivlal Yadav went on to play for the country much after Prasanna retired and Venkat was fading. The problem that Shivlal faced was in his initial years in the international game he suffered by comparison with the off spinning greats. But at least in his case it could be said that he played long enough for India to have been well recognized. 

After retirement, Yadav has been prominent in Hyderabad cricket administration.

Career Statistics

(including 13/03/1987)

                              M   I  NO   Runs  HS  Ave  100  50  Ct  St
Batting & Fielding:     35 40 12    403   43  14.39 0     0   10  0

                              O       M      R     W     Ave    BBI   5 10 SR  Econ
Bowling:                1393.2  339  3580   102  35.09  5-76  3  0  81.9  2.56

ONE-DAY INTERNATIONALS (including 17/01/1987)
                              M   I  NO  Runs HS Ave SR  100 50 Ct  St
Batting & Fielding:      7   2   2     1     1* -   6.25  0    0  1   0

                              O   M    R    W   Ave    BBI    4w 5w SR     Econ
Bowling:                   55  3  228  8  28.50   2-18    0   0   41.2   4.14

FIRST-CLASS-(1977/78 - 1989/90)
                         M     I   NO  Runs  HS   Ave  100 50  Ct  St
Batting & Fielding 112 114  32  1502  97* 18.31  0   2   53  0

               Balls       R     W   Ave   BBI  5  10 SR     Econ
Bowling     23846 10609 330 32.14 6-30  0  0  72.2  2.66

LIST A LIMITED OVERS- (1980/81 - 1989/90)
                          M  I  NO Runs HS Ave    100 50 Ct St
Batting & Fielding   20 9  4   70     19  14.00 0    0   7   0

                            O      R   W Ave    BBI   4w 5w SR    Econ
Bowling                 169.5 684 27 25.33 4-37   1   0  37.7    4.02

Reachout's News Bureau
- October' 2001

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