Remembering Polly Umrigar; the Palm-tree hitter

A strongly built man with palms like buckets, the right-handed Umrigar was essentially a front-footed batsman who had all the strokes in the book.

Making his debut against the all-powerful West Indian side led by Trevor Goddard in 1948, Umrigar created a few national records which were etched in gold till they were erased by the likes of Sunil Gavaskar much later.

Nicknamed the 'Palm-tree hitter' by the West Indian crowds, Umrigar and his close friend Gulabrai Ramchand - who passed away before him - qualified for the term all rounder quite well in the 1950s.

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