Photos by Greg Harper
The PJ Hindu Gymkhana Ground is a multi-purpose ground in Marine Drive, Mumbai, Marashtra. It dates back to at least 1894. The scoreboard may not be of quite that vintage.
Cricinfo tells us that former Test all-rounder Eknath Solkar ‘rose to the dizzy heights of Test cricket from humble origins. He was the son of the groundsman at the PJ Hindu Gymkhana in Mumbai, and lived in one room with his parents and five brothers and sisters. He learnt his basics at the Gymkhana ground and made it to the Bombay team in 1965….Solkar will also be remembered for the fact that he dismissed Geoff Boycott four times in 1971, infuriating the English opener with inimitable sledges like “I’ll get you, bloody”. Boycott was so disoriented by his gentle and wobbly medium-pace that he withdrew from the Tests.’
Sachin Tendulkar gave his first television interview in 1989, at this ground. He was just 16, and only a few months shy of his Test debut, against Pakistan.
Many thanks to Greg Harper for the photographs.
Thanks Greg, wonderful photos. I don’t think I ever saw Solkar but he was one of my favourites because of his catching exploits and his great name.