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Anshuman Dattajirao Gaekwad About this soundpronunciation  (born 23 September 1952) is a former Indian cricketer and two-time Indian national cricket coach. He played in 40 Test matches and 15 One Day Internationals.

Anshuman Gaekwad
Personal information
Full nameAnshuman Dattajirao Gaekwad
Born23 September 1952 (1952-09-23) (age 66)
Bombay, Bombay State, India
BowlingRight-arm offbreak
RelationsDatta Gaekwad (father)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches 40 15
Runs scored 1,985 269
Batting average 30.07 20.69
100s/50s 2/10 0/1
Top score 201 78*
Balls bowled 334 48
Wickets 2 1
Bowling average 93.50 39.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/4 1/39
Catches/stumpings 15/– 6/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 31 December 2006

Gaekwad was known for his defensive mindset against pace bowlers, which became a high priority when the West Indian pace bowlers dominated world cricket. He was nicknamed The Great Wall. He made his Test debut against the West Indies at Kolkata on 27 December 1974 and his last appearance in a Test match was against England at Kolkata itself on the last day of 1984. Being a right-handed batsman, Gaekwad scored 1985 runs from 40 Tests at an average of 30.07 with 2 centuries and 10 half centuries to his credit. He scored his highest Test score of 201 against Pakistan at Jalandhar in 1982–83. This innings, where he spent 671 minutes, is an example for his patient style and concentration.

Anshuman Gaekwad worked for GSFC (Vadodara) after retiring from Cricket and took early retirement in 2000. He is currently based in Vadodara, Gujarat, India.

In June 2018, he was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).[1]

Preceded by
Madan Lal
Indian National Cricket Coach
October 1997 – September 1999
Succeeded by
Kapil Dev
Preceded by
Kapil Dev
Indian National Cricket Coach
August 2000 – October 2000
Succeeded by
John Wright


  1. ^ "Kohli, Harmanpreet, Mandhana win top BCCI awards". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 June 2018.

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