Pahlan Umrigar, better known as Polly Umrigar, had been one of the heroic figures right from late 40s to early 60s. He was constantly shining, that too, in losing cause. In spite of all this, when Polly retired, the most incredible records were on his name- most hundreds, most runs, most tests. The other teams represented by Umrigar include Parsees, Mumbai, and Gujarat.
Polly Umrigar made his debut in international Test cricket in the year 1948 at Mumbai against West Indies from 9th to 13th of December. This match had ended in a draw. Polly could make 30 runs in the first innings. The last test was played by Umrigar against West Indies at Kingston, Jamaica from 13th to 18th of April, 1962. This six-day match was won by West Indies by 123 runs. Polly made 32 runs in the first innings and 60 in the second innings.
Records made by Polly Umrigar between 1962 and 1978 were surpassed by Sunil Gavaskar later.
Out of 59 tests played in all, Polly had made 3631 runs; with 223 being his best score. He could take 35 wickets in these tests. In 8 tests, he had obtained the chance of captaining India.
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