Keki Tarapore

17 Dec 1910
15 Jun 1986
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Keki Khurshedji Tarapore About this sound pronunciation (help·info) (17 December 1910, Bombay – 15 June 1986, Pune, Maharashtra) was an Indian cricketer who played in one Test in 1948.

Tarapore played as the understudy to Vinoo Mankad, the first of the three or four such left arm spinners, against West Indies in 1948-49. His short international career was thus described by Sujit Mukherjee:

The earliest experiment – a hapless guinea-pig – was greyed Keki Tarapore who was thrust into whirling West Indian blades in the Delhi Test of 1948. Only three wickets fell to Indian bowlers on each of the first two days and Tarapore was conspicuously innocent of them all; so the mammoth crowd diverted itself by tormenting the poor man who at thirty eight (his first class career dated back to the (first) Pentangular), was not the most agile man in the field.
While fielding at deep extra cover on the second day in this match, Tarapore injured his fingers while trying to stop a four hit by Robert Christiani off Vinoo Mankad. He had to leave the field, and when he came back, the crowd barracked him every time he touched the ball.

Four months after his only Test, Tarapore played his last first class match – the Ranji final between Bombay and Baroda – where he bowled 99 overs.

Tarapore later went into cricket administration. He managed the Indian teams to England in 1967 and West Indies in 1970-71. He served as the secretary of Cricket Club of India from 1954 to 1982.

He died after being knocked down by a moped.

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