Brijesh Patel was a dazzling stroke player and a fielder who manned cover and point like a panther; gifted with the looks that won over many a female heart, he was nothing short of a sensation in the 1970s. Along with Gundappa Viswanath, Patel was the batting backbone of the Karnataka side that matched Bombay throughout the decade. Patel scored 11,911 First-Class runs at 46 with 37 hundreds. In Rangy Trophy alone the numbers read 7,126 at 57 with 26 hundreds. When he retired he held the records for most runs and centuries in the tournament. At Test level he never scaled those heights, his 972 runs coming at 29. What stood out, however, was his dominance over West Indies, against whom his 349 runs came at 58. In fact, in four innings in West Indies soil, Patel scored 115*, 29, 49*, and 14 — which gave him an average of 207! Against others he averaged a mere 23.
Born to a cricket family (three of his uncles and a cousin played First-Class cricket), Patel represented India Schools on an Australian tour. He made his Rangy debut in 1970-71, and scored 105 not out against Bombay in the semi-final that season.It was Karnataka’s first triumph. Patel’s 618 runs came at 62, and he was selected for the England tour. He got two unbeaten hundreds in the tour matches, but failed in the Tests. On the same tour he scored a 78-ball 82 in India’s first-ever ODI.
When the West Indians came home, Patel scored two unbeaten 106s against them, for South Zone and Karnataka. In the final Test at Bombay, he walked out when India, chasing 404, was reeling at 89 for 6. The 73 remains one of the greatest fourth-innings onslaughts by an Indian.
The Indians were battered at Sabina Park when Clive Lloyd’s fast bowlers went all out at them. Patel top-edged one from Van burn Holder, had three stitches on his upper lip, retired hurt, and played no further part in the Test. The Indians were hit so badly that they lost by 10 wickets despite losing only 11 wickets. He did not play Tests after 1978-79, but ironically had his best Rangy season the year after, scoring 1,029 runs at 74 with 6 hundreds. He played domestic cricket till 1987-88, and never actually lost form, averaging 75 and 87 in his last two seasons.
Brijesh Patel Height, Age, Net Worth and Biography
|Brijesh Patel Biography|
|Born Name||Brijesh Pursuram Patel|
|Nick Name||Brijesh Patel|
|Age (as in 2017)||64 years|
|International Debut||Test debut England v India at Manchester, Jun 6-11, 1974
ODI debut England v India at Leeds, Jul 13, 1974
|Batting Style||Right-hand bat|
|Nature on field||Not known|
|Likes to play against||Not known|
|Records/Achievements (main ones)||Not known|
|Date of Birth||24-11-1952|
|Age (as in 2017)||64 years|
|Birth Place||Baroda, Gujarat, India|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Sagittarius|
|Net Worth & Salary (approx.)|
|Net Worth||Not known|
|Address||Baroda, Gujarat, India|
|Phone/Mobile Number||Not known|
|Social Media Profile||Facebook