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Karsan Devjibhai Ghavri About this soundpronunciation  (born 28 February 1951, in Rajkot, Gujarat) is a former Indian cricketer who played in 39 Tests and 19 ODIs from 1974 to 1981. He played in the 1975 and 1979 World Cups.

Karsan Ghavri
Personal information
Full nameKarsan Devjibhai Ghavri
Born28 February 1951 (1951-02-28) (age 68)
8 Rajkot, Gujarat, India
BattingLeft-hand bat
BowlingLeft-arm medium
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 39 19
Runs scored 913 114
Batting average 21.23 11.40
100s/50s -/2 -/-
Top score 86 20
Balls bowled 7036 1033
Wickets 109 15
Bowling average 33.54 47.20
5 wickets in innings 4
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling 5/33 3/40
Catches/stumpings 16/- 2/-
Source: [1], 4 February 2006

Ghavri was a left-arm fast-medium pace bowler, with a long run-up and a high leaping action. He could also produce quickish but accurate left-arm finger spin. Altogether he took 109 Test wickets, including four five-wicket hauls. With the bat he was usually found in the lower order but managed a couple of Test half centuries including a career best 86 against Australia in Bombay. By the time he was dismissed he had made a record eighth-wicket partnership of 127 with Syed Kirmani. His 86 came off just 99 balls which contained 12 fours and 3 huge sixes. Syed Kirmani who was sent as a night watchman remained unbeaten with 101. India went on to win that Test match and also the series against Kim Hughes' Australian team.

Despite making his debut in 1975, it was not until the season of 1976–77 that he cemented his spot in the side after series against New Zealand and England. He remained a regular member of the side until 1981. His most successful series came against the West Indies in 1978–79 with 27 wickets. One of his memorable spell came during India's tour of Australia in 1981 during second innings of the 3rd Test match of the series. On the 4th day of that match he got rid of Australia's opening batsman John Dyson and captain Greg Chappell in 2 successive deliveries which set up the stage for India's victory on the final day.[1] India won that match by 59 runs with Kapil Dev doing rest of the damage on the final day of the match.

He was Kapil Dev's bowling partner when the future Indian great made his debut in 1978 against Pakistan at Faisalabad.

Ghavri was eventually replaced by Madan Lal during the 1982 tour of England to India.


  1. ^ "India vs Australia, 3rd Test, 1981". CricInfo.