Legendary Indian leg-spinner Bhagwat Subramanya Chanrasekhar or BS Chandrasekhar as he is fondly known turned 75 on Sunday. He was a part of Team India’s spin quartet — EAS Prasanna, Bishen Singh Bedi, Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan — which dominated between 1960 to 1970.
Chandrasekhar was born on this day in Mysore, 1945. He developed an early interest in cricket and was inspired by the playing style of former Australia spinner Richie Benaud. At an early age of 10, Chandrasekhar began playing cricket and went on to make his Test debut in 1964.
B.S Chandrasekhar: As a player
Chandrasekhar was a jewel in the hat of Indian cricket team with his bouncing run-up and sharp googlies. He changed the complexion of national team in overseas test. The leg-spinner helped the national team to win Test matches in overseas conditions for a long period of time.
When Chandrasekhar was a part of the team, he took 98 wickets in 14 wins in Test cricket. He had an average of 19.27 and a strike-rate of 45.4. On the whole, he played 58 Tests for the national team, scalping 242 wickets with the best bowling figures of 8/79.
He won several laurels from the Wisden cricket. In 1972, he was named the Wisden Cricketer of the Year and later in 2002 be bagged Wisden’s award for the best bowling of the century for his bowling figures of six for 38 against England at the Oval in 1971.
B.S Chandrasekhar: What is he up to now
Not much is known about BS Chandrasekhar at the moment as he continues to maintain a low-key profile away from the glitz and glamour of social media.
B.S Chandrasekhar: Lesser known facts
At a young age, Chandrasekhar had his left-arm withered due to polio but that did not stop him from achieving his dreams. He started playing cricket at 10 after recovery. He took four wickets on his Test debut and was awarded the Indian Cricketer of the Year in the same year.
He was influential in India’s wins in England and was awarded with the Arjuna award and Padmashri in 1972. As a batsman, he used to step into bat at No.11 and justified his spot. He was sent packing for duck 23 times in 80 innings averaging one duck every four innings.