Thursday, April 2, 2009

Platinum cricket: Hyderabad's jubilee

The Hyderabad Cricket Assocation is celebrating its platinum jubilee on 14 April 2009. Here’s my tribute to its great cricketers during my time.

ML Jaisimha. Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. Abbas Ali Baig. Syed Abid Ali. What a constellation of stars! My peers and I were privileged to rub shoulders with these outstanding cricketers in the Hyderabad line-up of the 1970s. It was perhaps the most glamorous outfit in Indian cricket then, comparable with the Test team. People queued up, at least in the major centres, to buy tickets to watch our team in action. I remember the 30,000 strong crowd that watched Tiger Pataudi score 198 at Chepauk and the cricket mad fans at smaller centres. I remember the train journeys in which the team was closeted together sometimes for longer than 24 hours, and the relaxed atmosphere of those trips. I remember how knowledgeable and wise was our skipper Jai, the most stylish cricketer to walk on our grounds. I remember how dashing and handsome was our Abubhai, serious competition to the youngest team member in the department of sex appeal even in his thirties! I remember the brilliant all rounder Abid—who can ever forget him?—my brother, mentor and critic, without whom our dressing room would have been a dull place. I remember Tiger Pataudi, who blended so quietly into the strictly working class background of our team, even if he was the most charismatic cricketer India ever produced. Noshir, Mumtaz, Nagesh, Sultan Salim, Vijay Paul, Jayantilal, Krishnamurti, Prahalad, Narasimha Rao, Jyoti Prasad, Abdul Hai—a powerhouse of talent welcomed me into the Hyderabad team when I made my Ranji Trophy debut at the ripe old age of 28 in the 1975-76 season.

It was a great Hyderabad team all right—let nobody tell you otherwise—skilful, civilized, elegant, no matter that we did not win the Ranji Trophy. But allow me to digress a bit and talk of the many splendid cricket friends outside of that team who made my life in Hyderabad memorable. Let me speak of the day I reported at State Bank of India, Hyderabad LHO, on transfer from small town Anakapalle, not knowing what the telegram that read “Report to Hyderabad LHO on 1st July” meant, until I met the Personnel Officer who informed me I was to join the cricket team. My joy knew no bounds, as I hadn’t played the game for two seasons since joining the bank as a probationary officer. My benefactor Satyadev was someone I had never met; he was working at SBI, Vizag, and knowing my interest in resuming my cricket, he told his friend Prabhakar Raju who in turn informed his boss the personnel officer! Raju was soon my teammate and I don’t know if he and Satyadev knew that they had changed my life forever with that single act of kindness. Another guardian angel in the personnel department was VS Sudhir, who made sure I did not get transferred out of Hyderabad during the days I was yet to cement my place in the SBI team.

The SBI team was then almost as good as the Hyderabad team: Habib Ahmed, Govindraj, Krishnamurti, Mumtaz Husain, Murtuza Ali Baig, Mazhar Ali Baig, Ali Hassan, Manohar Sharma, Nagesh Hamand, Sultan Salim, Lyn Edwards, G Mohan, Abid Zainulabudeen and Prabhakar Raju. I am sure I am forgetting a couple of names, but there were a few guest players like Inder Raj, Muthukrishnan and Ali Hussain, Hassan’s twin brother, who did duty for us sometimes, as though the regular galaxy wasn’t enough to keep me out of the eleven!

Once the initial excitement wore out, I realised that I was no more than a filler in the team, especially as skipper Govindraj preferred G Mohan’s off spin and occasional skipper Habib Ahmed, already a veteran, did not know much about me. The many-splendoured Mumtaz Husain too did not approve of my bowling for a long time to come. My cricket career in Hyderabad would have died even before it was born but for the fantastic support I enjoyed from the likes of Krishnamurti, Nagesh and Salim and to some extent from Lyn, before he left for Australia. I will be an ungrateful wretch if I do not dedicate any success I enjoyed later in my cricket entirely to these wonderful friends, who, though of my age or thereabouts, mentored me and encouraged me, literally bullying me to keep fighting, when I was about to give up cricket altogether. This was after two years of hard work had not won me a regular place in the Bank’s eleven, my earlier experience as a Madras University bowler and the zillions of overs I was sending down in the nets not seeming to count at all.

This superb trio of friends would keep my spirits up by telling me I was good enough to play for India, leave alone the State Bank team in the local league. In fact, I had sort of ‘retired’ from cricket for a few months, when one Sunday morning in the 1973-74 season, some four of my teammates landed up at home and literally abducted me to play a match against Gujarati XI in the first round of Behram-ud-Dowla. I won’t go into the details, but that was the turning point in my cricket, because I took six wickets that day and never looked back. The team management had met a few days earlier and decided that I should be brought back into the team, by force if necessary and given a fair trial until I fulfilled my potential. By this time my seniors Manohar Sharma, Murtuza Ali Baig and Habib Ahmed had recognized the merit in my protest and decision to exit league cricket.

Other unforgettable personal memories are those of the great time I had playing for Hyderabad XI in the local zonal team under the captaincies of Abbas Ali Baig and Abid Ali, and the year I broke into the Ranji team as the 16th member of an already picked squad after taking 8 for 75 against JK XI in the final of the Moin-ud-Dowla Gold Cup, which Hyderabad won after a gap of 11 years. The captain was again Abbas.

The memories come in a flood: of the superb talent of Bob and Joe, Narasimha Rao and Jyoti Prasad. I think Bob, a stylish batsman and match winning bowler in the BS Chandrasekhar mould, would have been a greater cricketer had he not been obsessed with playing for India, and lost focus at a lower level. Jyoti was a brave all rounder, his big heart lifting his undeniable all round talent—sharp medium pacer, hard hitting batsman, brilliant short leg—to better than his best, especially when the chips were down. He would have walked into the Indian one-day squad had he played cricket a little later than he did. These two were for a while inseparable friends and loved by all their peers and seniors. Nagesh Hamand. What a murderer of all kinds of bowlers, especially off spinners. For quite a while, he had a paralyzing weakness against left arm spin which he overcame too late for him to defeat lack of opportunity, even unfair treatment, to become a force to reckon with in first class cricket. Sultan Salim was a boy prodigy who did not rise to the great heights expected of him. A stylish batsman, he was and is a stylish man off the field as well. Like Nagesh and Murti, he too is a loyal friend who loves to relive the wonderful days in the sun we all shared.

And Murti, Pochia Krishnamurti! When comes another like him? A brilliant wicket keeper and on his day an exciting batsman, he was good enough to play five Tests for India in the West Indies, before the start of the Syed Kirmani era. Off the field, he was a simple soul and a true friend. I owe my entire cricket to him. He and another dear friend CR Chandran were very close to me, except during an unfortunate episode when we were on opposite sides, and looking back, I feel my behaviour then was unforgivable. Both have left us, and I salute their memory. Chandran was a very talented opening batsman and new ball bowler, a handsome young man who tried always to look and walk like Amitabh Bachchan. He and Inder Raj gave the team flying starts. Unforgettable was one particular opening stand for Andhra Bank against the visiting Ceylon Tobacco XI. Their fast bowler Ranjan Gunatilleke was a genuine quickie but this unusual opening pair treated him with scant regard. Each batsman tried to outdo the other in the outrageous shots he played. Poor Ranjan!

Murtuza Ali Baig was already a part time cricketer by the time I started playing for SBI, but I caught a few glimpses of the calm, correct batsmanship that had stood him in good stead in his Oxford Blue days. I liked his quiet humour too, and many were the occasions we enjoyed smiles if not a laugh together. He was a manager and I a field officer at the time and I remember one league match when he and I left for the bank while the rest of the team decided to enjoy a nice communal beer after a match was rained off. The opponents too joined in the festivities and their captain could not resist taking a dig at us. “State Bank will collapse if Murtuz and Ram don’t go back,” he sneered. It was none other than Murtuz’s elder brother Abbas.

I happened to play for two brilliant sides in Hyderabad—State Bank from 1971 to 1976 and Andhra Bank from 1976 to 1980. I enjoyed both stints. It was a fantastic experience to share the spin attack with Mumtaz Husain and Nagesh for State Bank, and Bob, Meher Baba and MN Ravikumar forAndhra Bank. Mumtaz was a phenomenon in the 1960s when he wove magic in inter-university cricket with his bewildering mixture of orthodox left arm spin, chinamen and googlies, all bowled in a variety of ways. For most of his distinguished Ranji career, he stuck to orthodox bowling, but displayed his entire range in his last season for Hyderabad. Those lucky enough to witness his bowling against Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the 1978-79 season will never forget it. Nagesh was a brilliant off spinner, but luckily for me, he concentrated on his batting. He was also an effective medium pace bowler when in the mood, and a shrewd captain to boot.

The Andhra Bank team had a lovely bunch of cricketers, most of them considerably junior to me by the time I joined them, but I’ll speak of the spinners first. Narasimha Rao, Bob or Bobjee to everyone, was a magnificent athlete, who could field brilliantly anywhere. His batting was on orthodox lines, very straight and aggressive in intent, with strong wrists and a wide range of shots. His bowling was very accurate for its unorthodox style of fastish leg breaks and googlies. He was unplayable on some wickets and I remember occasions when wicket keepers were hit on the face off his bowling. His best bowling figures came against Tamil Nadu in 1980-81, but he was equally good against Bengal and UP in successive knockout round matches under his own captaincy in 1978-79.

Meher Baba was a fine all rounder who played for Andhra Bank and Andhra in the Ranji Trophy, except for one season when he turned out for Hyderabad. He was my teammate and constant companion, and a very dear friend. Unfortunately, like Murti and Mumtaz before him, he too was snatched away prematurely from us. Many were his sterling exploits for Andhra Bank, and he, Ravikumar and I enjoyed a nice partnership as spinners, with Bobjee away most of the time in Ireland. Meher had a gift for saying the wrong thing at the wrong moment and had us all in splits most of the time. To relate all his exploits will take up too much space here, so I will give just one example. Meher, Shivlal, Shahid Akbar and I were walking down Colaba Causeway during a trip to Bombay for a Deodhar game, when we passed the secretariat with the Ashoka Chakra on the façade and the national flag fluttering in the breeze. “Look Ram, Indian Embassy!” Meher said. When I gave him a long, hard look, he corrected himself hastily: “Oh no, that’s in Delhi, isn’t it?”

Ravikumar was a very talented all rounder, a fine opening batsman with a lot of time to play, and a delightful off spinner who never turned the ball, yet beat batsmen in the air. He once took nine wickets in an innings for Andhra Bank against State Bank of Hyderabad in my absence and never let me forget it, because my best for the bank had been an eight-wicket haul.

Jyoti, Chandran, Vijay Paul—one of the best domestic batsmen not to have played for India—Hafiz, H Ramprasad, Mujtaba Ali Baig, Mazhar, Dilip Reddy, Inder Raj, Meher, Ravikumar, Bobjee, Nihal Puri, Bhaskar Ramamurthy, KN Charan—these were my teammates for most of my four years in Andhra Bank, every moment of which I enjoyed thoroughly, but I’m sure I have left out a few names. Each of these was a fine cricketer and I can write pages about them, but I’ll reserve it for another day. We were a happy unit and were always in and out of one another’s homes. The most unforgettable experience was after a final between Andhra Bank and Syndicate Bank ended in a tie. Both teams came to my house for drinks and dinner and the fellowship was unbelievable. Vinod Reddy, Moses Nityanand, Shivkumar, Jugal Kishore and Sainath are some of the Syndicate Bank players I remember from that evening, though Chamundeswarnath made only a brief experience, with a black eye and other injuries he sustained after the match!

There were several others who supported us from behind the scenes—the late Blessington Thomas, Ramesam, Sam Ebenezer, Gopal, basketballer Yadgiri, footballer Rammohan, marker Babiah and others in State Bank of India and the indefatigable Mangeshkar and our smiling, indulgent big boss C S Shamlal of Andhra Bank. So many talented cricketers and wonderful human beings were part of our cricket scenario—N Ramprasad, John Tarachand, Khaja, Satyendran, Wahed, Zahid Ali Khan, Kaleem-ul-Haq, B Mohan, Abid Ali, Noshir, Prahlad and so many more from SBH made the evenings after cricket thoroughly enjoyable. Shivlal Yadav and Arshad Ayub were two off spinners who played for India when I missed out. Though they were both excellent cricketers and proved themselves at every level, the haste with which I was dislodged sure hit me hard.

PR Man Singh gave me my first break courtesy P Krishnamurti’s hardsell, when I was an unknown. He picked me in the Hindustan Breweries XI in the Gold Cup, but I got switched on the day of the match to the opponents State Bank of India, my employers. It was a great experience to bowl my first ball in that match to Rohan Kanhai and impress my captain Hanumant Singh, who taught me more about my own craft than any off spinner ever did. My cricket in Hyderabad gave me a chance to meet the great off spinner Ghulam Ahmed, and it was indeed a memorable experience. There were so many officials with whom I got on well and whose affection I enjoyed. I had the pleasure of travelling with the Hyderabad Blues when I got to know Ranga Reddy well, though I never toured with Man Singh whose hospitality was legendary. Ranga too was an excellent companion and made our life on tour pleasant and comfortable. Among the journalists, I remember Pillai of Deccan Chronicle and Radhakrishna of Indian Express, not to mention photographer Srinivasulu, who refused to acknowledge that his photo of “Sarfraz Nawaz” that Express carried during the Jaisimha Benefit Match in 1978 was in fact mine!

Returning to the subject of the Hyderabad Ranji Trophy team I started this story with, I have not mentioned the many fine young cricketers I played with after the Jaisimha era came to an end after the 1976-77 season. Saad Bin Jung was perhaps the best of them all, closely followed by Shahid Akbar, both openers, one right handed and the other left handed. It’s a pity neither of them made it big. Another Hyderabad cricketer who should have by right played for India was another off spinner, Kanwaljit Singh. He was as good as any after the greatest of us all—Ghulam Ahmed.

I have a few regrets—I only caught a glimpse or two of young Azharuddin, when he used to bowl in the SBI nets, and again in a local match, when I bowled to him. Unfortunately, I left Hyderabad in 1981, and therefore did not have any close encounters with him thereafter, nor did I ever get to play with or against Venkatapathy Raju or VVS Laxman, one of the finest batsmen India has produced. His 281 at Kolkata in 2001 will remain the high point of any cricket lover’s watching career.

I would have never played first class cricket if I had not moved to Hyderabad. It was my wonderful second home and I can never forget the many kindnesses of people connected with its cricket. It is impossible to mention all of them here, but I certainly will—in my cricket memoirs, which I am in the process of completing.

40 comments:

Sumant said...

There was so much detail to consume on this blog.It is a very nice appreciative post for all the players you played with.Though It sounds like a farewell post,I hope it is not,Keep it coming .Looking fwd to the memoirs as well.

Karrileaf said...

Dear Ram,
I have been a resident of Hyderabad since I was 3 (Year 1974). I heard of the names of old timers since lates 70s in Deccan Chronicle and Hindu. You have literally taken me back to my childhood !!
Sometimes I even saw of some of these great players travelling on the roads of Hyderabad. ML at Tankbund junction, Jyoti prasad at Marredpally etc !!
I eagerly await your memoirs.
Do you also write in the music periodical Sruti ?

- Ravi

Anonymous said...

Thank you Sumant, thank you Karrileaf. This is not a farewell post, but I'm restricting the posts till I bring out my book. I dont want to give it all away. Yes, I am the editor of Sruti magazine, and do write in it.

Ram

Abhik said...

Nice post acknowledging people who've been part of your cricketing journey. It doesn't seem like you have missed out anyone. The stories of times you shared outside of cricket interspersed with the cricketing ones make for delightful reading.
I read Ramchandra Guha's 'States of Indian Cricket' sometime back in which he profiles some of the personalities you have spoken of in the chapter on Hyderabad, including yourself. Personally, I felt that the chapter conveys the sense of style and charm existing in Hyderabad cricketers. In your own manner, you have provided the underlying reasons for that by speaking about the many similarly stylish cricketers you played with.
As Sumant says, keep it coming and I look forward to your book. When is it releasing?

mokkarala said...

Hi Ram,
I have been following your blog for some time now, and all the entries are masterpieces-like the cricketers u talk about (being much younger i havent seen any of them playing but ur narration definitely makes me think so :))
Would love to read your book-when is it releasing? also if u can post the name of the book and publisher.......

Anonymous said...

Thank you Abhik and Mokkarala. I am delighted I have been able to share my own joy of playing cricket in Hyderabad effectively. I am hoping to have the book released before August this year. I haven't decided the publisher yet, though I have a couple of choices.

Ram

Nikhil said...

Dear Periappa,

This piece is an awesome one....actually it should have been published in Hyd...real great piece...ur big fan...

Nikhil

Ram said...

Thanks, Nikhil. Wonderful to hear from you.
Love.

ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ರಘು said...

Ram Sir,
As usual a fantastic piece. Well done sir. thanks
Regards
Raghu

Don Corleone said...

Sir,

I thank you and request you to keep writing. It is great to read about first-class and league cricket. I still remember me catching glimpses of TNCA cricket at the ground on G.N.Chetty road - opposite Rajamannar St. where my dad's office was. It is fascinating to read about how important league cricket was then and the following it received. Now that I am in the US, i am able only to follow Ranji scores on cricinfo and losing out on TNCA first division scores. Thank you once again.

Sriram

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Raghu, thanks, Sriram,
Your comments are much appreciated. Will resume in the near future.
Ram

William J. Jackson said...

Your enthusiasm is contagious--reading the accounts of your cricket experiences makes me wish I had been there. I'd like to see a cricket match right now, and the next time I am in India I will attend some matches. Reading your narrative is like being with you as you and the other players play the game, and the game of life.
I look forward to reading your book.

st1ng said...

Ram,

This blog is a master piece. I used to be a regular reader but I lost track for a while due to a very hectic schedule. But I am back and back for good. When is your book out? I recently bought 'mosquitoes' and if the new book is half as good, it would still qualify as a masterpiece. The expectations at the moment are very high, but I am sure you will not let your fans down! Keep up the great work.

Cheers,

Rohit Jaishankar

Ramnarayan said...

Thank you Bill, thank you Rohit. Deeply appreciate your kind words. While I stopped posting to the blog, hoping to wrap up the book, other work took over. Might as well resume the blog, but I am determined to bring out the book before the year is out.

BF said...

Dear Mr Ramnarayan,

I stumbled on this blog of yours, and several other fine articles by you on various other websites, as I searched through my memories of cricketers I had followed in my formative years in Hyderabad.

It has indeed been a magical journey down memory lane; I know you have authored a book on Tamil Nadu cricket - I hope you are able to write one on Hyderabad cricket esp in the 70s sometime.

Most of my cricket-watching was at the Osmania Univ grounds and I regret often the diminishing in importance of the Hyderabad cricket league (and most domestic/local cricket around the country including the Kanga league in Bombay) and especially of the Moin-ud-Dowla cricket tournament.

Thank you again for doing a tremendous service to Hyderabad cricket with this blog; look forward to a lot more in the weeks ahead!!

Muj said...

Dear Ram,

Your blogs have reminded me of my childhood heroes and i do remember i have watched your many games on lal bahadur stadium in 80s.
I was sytdying in Aliya school nearby that stadium and used to watch al best players like shahid akbar, saad bin jung, azeem, azmath and many that includes vivek jaisimha and late in my teens azhar, venkatpathi and list is endless.
It was very sad to hear about mehe baba's demise and sure he was the best spinner around in those days.
Pls let me know about my then favourite shahid akbar, where is he now and whsts he doing these days.

Ramnarayan said...

thanks bf and muj. will try to find where shahid is and write about him. he was a fine cricketer, indeed, one of our most talented.

naga said...

Great recollection Ram, it really took me on a long nostalgic journey. I was in high school during the late 70s and had the privilege of watching some of the greats including yourself on the Osmania grounds on our way back from Model High School. The intensity and camaraderie with which league matches were played then was phenomenal. The one whom I think needs mentioning is Khalid Abdul Qayyaum (wonder where he is now), the diminutive left hander who used to tear opposition bowlers with his classic cover drives. I look eagerly look forward to your book.

Ram said...

Dear Ram,

That was a wonderful recap of cricket in Hyderabad. I still remeber your elegant action and accuracy. You teased the batsmen to hell!!! I also had the privilige of watching that massacre of Gunatalike by Inder Raj at Osmaina Grounds. He scored a hundred in I guess 40 or 50 balls...Some of his ferocious hooks are still vivid in my mind...Shahid Akbar I thought, was a class act as well... I think we should have a get together and felicitate the great cricketers of that era..

Ramnarayan said...

Thanks Naga and Ram. Will try to recall more of those days.

ashwinnallari said...

Great Article Sir,

Very in depth info , I would like you to share any memories of Mr.Sitapathi Nallari who happens to be by uncle and great fast bowler at that time ,played along with Jaisimha , abbas ali baig, patuadi they were regulars at MCC [ Marredpally cricket club].He played for railways

Regards
ashwin nallari

Rahul said...

Dear Ram: When you have mentioned Saad Bin Jung's name, no doubts a player to watch for all that a youngster can learn.

While you have taken so many names and most of them whom I know personally and respect everyone as Cricketers and love most of them as Friends!

I am worndering if you have heard of or have known about:

Sunil Bhange or Bhangay (Left Arm New Ball Bowler) Players like Azhar, Saad, Vivek Jaisimha, John Manoj, most of the names you have mentioned have played with him.

He studied in Mehboob College, Wesley College and Sardar Patel College and played as well. I know he played most of his leagues for NMCC (New Maredpally Cricket Club) I get tired looking at his News Paper Cuttings, and most of the games his bowling metrics are above 5 wickets, and more the couple of occassions "Running Through The Side".

I am Rahul Bhangay, a cricketer myself, but would not even want to mention as I was not that good at the game. I am currently in the US on a Business Visit. I will be back in India in about a week from now.
I can be reached on my Indian Cell Phone Number: 9885058320

Amru said...

Wow it feels awesome, great cant describe how it feels to see my dads name (DILIP REDDY) in this article mind-blowing would love to hear more about him.:-)

Vidyuth Jaisimha said...

Really a beautiful story on Hyderabad cricket in the 70 s and 80s . Looking forward to a book on that era---What an impressive bunch of cricketers---Do give me a buzz if yr ever in Hyd--Have started an Academy on dads name and am sure would love to visit it--Cheers---Vidyuth

khaja said...

A really good article...!!!
I heard ALOT about hyderabad cricket and its glory from my father, uncles and their friends. It refreshes every person belonging to that era, especially someone who was a part of the cricketing erena. My dad Khaja Naeemuddin, lead the Aaliya, Nizam college and the Osmania cricket teams in the 60's and was a part of the Hyderabad team in the early 70's. I will definitely forward this article to him.
Once again, a great write up.

Cheerz!

Rahul said...

Dear Mr Ram: Looks like you forgot to view my urge.

Best Regards,
Rahul Bhangay

arshed said...

i met lyn edwards in sydney and i had a chance of having a lunch during a game in norht paramatta in syndey.they call him as lenny uncle, an anglo indian guy with very fluent urdu, i was playing for abdul azeem and jabbar's cousin's team sydney colts.

Srinivasan Krishnan said...

Dear Ram
This is Srinivasan Krishnan. Your columns are splendid. World cricket is unlucky not to have seen TE, Parkar and Shahid Akbar in action. Have your children taken up cricket.

Anonymous said...

Do you remember a player by the name of Fidelis D'Silva who also played with Sultan Saleem?

Anonymous said...

guys

Mr shahid akbar is staying near new income tax towers ac guards.

Thanks

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Swaminathan said...

Ramnarayan...the name immediately brings up comparisons with Sivarama krishnan...I was a school kid in 70s and we used to closely follow Hyderabad cricket and in fact all cricket. We could reel out score cards of many matches. You were a great spinner and politics played a part in not representing India. Keep writing we enjoy. BTW how is Sivaramakrishnan?

Damyanthi Rao said...

Dear sir am looking for information about my father Late PG Rao known as Gansham by his team mates who also played with the like of the great ML Jaisimha and Pataudi and Ali Baig. I have head a lot about them from my father and he also told me that he was a wicket keeper who used to stand up to the fast blowers, he also told me that once he had the most number of byes because of the odd bounce of the wicket . sir a small request from a daughter for her late father who loved cricket so much and also for my brother who love the game so much , wish u could help me outin anyway u can thank for a wonderful article , sport star had an article about him if this information could help you in anyway, thank you once again and my email id is damyanthirao@gmail.com and my number is 9833645613 thank you once again

Rohit said...

Hello Mr.Ramnarayan.

I see you played for Andhra bank along with jyoti, MN ravikumar and narasimha rao. Then in the same team during that perios, due you remember any by name N.M.Ramesh.

Andhra Bank fast bowler...
??

Rohit said...

Hello Mr Ram,

I see you played for Andra bank team along with jyoti, MN ravikumar and narasimha rao. then during that period do you know NM Ramesh.

Andhra Bank Fast bowler.
??

Ramnarayan said...

I remember Ramesh. He was a good bowler and a nice person, if we are both talking of the same man. What news of him? You can mail me at vramnarayan@gmail.com

Ramnarayan said...

Khaja,
Khaja Naeemuddin was a good friend of mine, a fine all rounder and a handsome man. He used to work for Chubb Steelage and visit State Bank where I was employed.
Warmest regards to all of you.
Ram

Rohit said...

Hello Ram,
Thanks for the reply. Ramesh is my dad. After he moved from hyderabad,he worked for Andhra bank till early 2000s and voluntarily retired to take up business. We are now settled in hyderabad. Great that you remember him :-) And yea he is a very nice man ( Not sure about his bowling skills cuz i never saw him bowl :-p)

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