Birthday Special: The man with the second best First-Class average ever – Vijay Merchant

In fact, Merchant’s career was even more lopsided — all his Tests were played against England. By the time he toured England in 1936, Merchant was acknowledged as one of the best batsmen of the country. By the end of the trip he was hailed as one of the best of the world. Due to lack of alternatives, he was pushed to open the innings where he stayed for the rest of his career. Although he managed to play just 10 Test matches in his career, Vijay Merchant, born October 12, 1911, still stands as one of the greatest batsmen produced by India.

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