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Chandu Borde - Interesting Facts, Trivia, And Records

Sahil Mathur
By Sahil Mathur
July 21, 2021 • 10:36 AM View: 1678

Chandu Borde, who celebrates his birthday on 21st July, was one of the stalwarts of Indian cricket in the late 1950s and 1960s. Borde started his international career as a specialist batter but finished as one of the best all-rounders for India. 

Here are some interesting facts, trivia, and records about Chandu Borde: 

1) Borde was born into a Marathi Christian family in Pune. He has five sisters and five brothers. His younger brother Ramesh also represented Maharashtra in First-Class cricket. 


2) Chandu made his First-Class debut for Maharashtra in 1952 but moved to Baroda in the 1955-56 season. 

3) In the 1960s, Chandu Borde and Salim Durani formed a bowling pair for India and were called the spin twins. 

4) In 1961-62, Nari Contractor was hit on the head by a Charlie Griffith bouncer during a tour game in the West Indies. Borde was one of the first to rush to the scene and help Contractor off the ground. He was also one of the players who donated blood for him. 

5) In a test match against Australia in 1964, Borde batted India to a win on the final day. After the win, the crowd lifted him and during the celebrations, took his brand new bat away. 

6) Borde scored 1,604 first-class runs in 1964–65 which was an Indian record for a season. In 2016-17, the record was finally broken by Cheteshwar Pujara. 

7) Borde was the only Indian in the Rest of the World XI squad that played against Barbados in March 1967. 

8) Chandu Borde was conferred with Arjuna Award in 1966, Padma Shri in 1969, Padma Bhushan in 2002, and CK Nayudu award for Lifetime achievement in 2006. 

9) Chandu Borde was the chief of selectors when India won the 1983 World Cup and World Championship of Cricket in 1985. 

10) Borde also served as the manager of the Indian team in 1989 when Sachin Tendulkar made his debut. Chandu was also the manager during India's tour of England in 2007. 

11) Chandu Borde played 55 test matches in which he scored 3061 runs and picked up 52 wickets. In 251 first-class games, Borde amassed 12805 runs and took 331 wickets. 

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