(Last Updated on : 25/08/2011)
Farokh Engineer was born in Mumbai
, on 25th February, 1938. This versatile cricketer, hailing from a Parsi background, has represented India in 46 Tests. He has a strong foothold of 2,611 runs, with his career average culminating to 31.08. There were two brilliant centuries in his career-graph and his acme of perfection was his elevating highest score of 121. This alumnus of Poddar College, in Mumbai, had even played first-class cricket for Mumbai in India, and Lancashire in England.
Farokh Engineer received tremendous repute when he began to play for India at the international level, in 1961. It was in the Test against England in 1961-62, at Kanpur
, that he performed his test debut. He turned out to be Indian Cricket Team's favourite, when it came to handling wicket keeping in international matches. His competent art of batting often made him to emerge as the opening batsman. Farokh Engineer did settle down in Lancashire, England towards the end of his career.
His first one-day match was also against England at Leeds during the Prudential Trophy series of 1974-5. His international career also came to an end during the same period. He embraced retirement, from international sphere, after participating in his last Test against the West Indies, at Mumbai, in, 1974-5 and his last one-day combat against New Zealand, in the World Cup of 1975.
He played 46 tests scoring 2,611 runs with an average of 31.08. An efficient wicketkeeper, he had grabbed a total of 66 catches and caused 16 stumping. In five one-day internationals, he had attained 114 runs at an average of 38.00. Added to these, he had achieved three catches and produced one stumping.
West Indies saw Farokh in his unparalleled stance, in the Chennai
Test of 1966-67. He valiantly, pocketed 94 before lunch, and then hit a six with another ball, to accomplish his desired hundred after lunches. Eminent bowlers, such as Hall, Griffith, Sobers, and Gibbs, were tossed by the gusty Farokhian storm.
This man of substance ultimately settled down in Lancashire of England, towards the closing years of his flashing career, in the late 70s. He had contributed immensely to Lancashire, in terms of county cricket. His famous colleague in County Cricket was the zealous Clive Lloyd.
This handsome man in his blooming youth was chosen as the "Brylcream" brand ambassador. His chiselled features and rough and tough look was at par with the fascinating appearances of Keith Miller and Denis Compton. Farokh has flourished in the field of business as well. Often, he demonstrates his ever-burning passion for cricket through the commentaries that he delivers in the context of one-day games or test matches.
It is evident that that Farokh Engineer is that blue-eyed son of fortune, who is endowed with multi-faceted gifts, destined to bring him prosperity and fame, in whichever arena, he enters.