Dilip Vengsarkar nicknamed the “Colonel” was born on April 6, 1956, is a former Indian cricketer and a cricket administrator who remains one of the best Indian batsmen of all time. He was known as one of the foremost exponents of the drive.
Dilip Vengsarkar was one of the members of the Indian squad that represented the nation in the 1983 World Cup Cricket and became victorious in the tournament. He gave his best performance between the years 1985 and 1987 and scored a number of centuries against the strong teams like Sri Lanka, West Indies, Australia and Pakistan.
Vengsarkar’s brightness ensured that he was indeed a run machine. In 116 Test matches, he amassed 6868 runs at an average of 42 with 17 centuries and 35 half-centuries with an average of 42.13 runs and a highest score of 166 runs. As far as his overall One Day International (ODI) Cricket career is concerned, he played in 129 matches and scored 3508 runs including 1 century and 23 half-centuries with an average of 34.73 runs and a highest score of 105 runs.
Following the 1987 World Cup, Vengsarkar was made skipper, taking over from the charismatic Kapil Dev. Vengsarkar also served as the Captain of the Indian Cricket team for some time after the 1987 World Cup Cricket tournament and led the team in 10 Test matches, but he had to leave the position in the year 1989 after some controversy erupted upon his tour to USA. He was the first player to score three consecutive Test centuries at Lord's.
After retiring from Cricket, Vengsarkar runs a cricket academy in Mumbai called Elf-Vengsarkar academy. He was made the Vice President of the Mumbai Cricket Association in the year 2003. Further, he became the Chairman of the Selection Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the year 2006.
He has been awarded the Arjuna Award as well as Wisden Cricket of the Year award for his contribution towards Indian cricket. He was also awarded the prestigious CK Nayudu lifetime award by the BCCI.