#4 – (577 runs) Vijay Hazare and Gul Mahomed for Baroda against Holkar at Central College Ground, 1947
Undoubtedly, Vijay Samuel Hazare was India’s first great batsman with the twin centuries against Bradman’s Australia at Adelaide stamping his legacy. Ironically, the right-hander’s peculiar bat grip and stance could be perceived as a far cry from the orthodox batting culture in the country.
Hazare’s temperament was on display during the 1946-47 Ranji Trophy final. Representing Baroda, he combined with national team-mate Gul Mohammad to defy the defending champions Holkar with a 577-run stand. The duo secured a decisive 582-run lead to seal an emphatic innings victory and the coveted title as well.Published 14 Oct 2016, 21:40 IST