Gogumal Kishenchand

14 Apr 1925
16 Apr 1997
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Gogumal Kishenchand Harisinghani About this sound pronunciation (help·info) (14 April 1925, Karachi – 16 April 1997, Baroda) was Indian Test cricketer.

Kishenchand had a crouched stance but was a good driver and hooker, and an occasional leg break bowler.

While studying in the Model High School in Karachi, he was elected the best schoolboy cricketer in Sind for the year 1939/40. In that season he hit twelve hundreds with a highest score of 175 notout. He made his debut for Sind at the age of 15. In his first season in the Bombay Pentangular, he hit a brilliant 75 against the Parsis and a 175* against Muslims.

He migrated to the Western India States in the early 1940s, and later played for Gujarat, and Baroda as well for Sind. In his second term with Sind, he captained the team in 1945/46.

He scored 264 runs at 26.40 in his eight unofficial Tests with a highest score of 73. In the Pentangular matches, he scored 611 at an average of 101, with three hundreds. His career highest first class score of 218 in the Zonal Quadrangular in 1946/47 helped his selection to the tour of Sri Lanka, and Australia in 1947/48.

He did not achieve much in the Test matches but it was off his bowling that Don Bradman completed his 100th first class century. When Bradman reached 99, in the match for an Australian XI against the Indians, the Indian captain Lala Amarnath brought Kishenchand on to bowl. It was his first try at bowling during the tour. After playing a few balls carefully, Bradman took a single past mid-on to reach his hundred. He scored a duck in each of the five Tests that he played.

Kishenchand served the Maharaja of Baroda as a member of his staff, and later worked for Satyadev Chemicals in Baroda. He was a small man, standing only 5 feet and four inches. His death was due to a heart attack.

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