Janardan Gyanoba Navle is known as the first test wicket keeper of Indian Cricket team in colonial era. He came into the limelight of Indian Colonial cricket team on the 1932 Tour of England. He had the fame in the cricket world for his "polished and quicksilver" work. Janardan Gyanoba Navle also doubled up as an opening batsman in the Indian Cricket Team. He also faced the historic first delivery of India's first Test innings from Bill Bowes.
In India, the only test appearance of Janardan Gyanoba Navle was at Bombay (now called Mumbai) in the year 1933-34. He was dropped at the age of 31 to accommodate a younger man.
Janardan Gyanoba Navle made his first-class debut in the Bombay Quadrangular at the age of 16. Janardan Gyanoba Navle kept wickets for 16 straight years. His first class cricket career spanned from 1918 to 1944.
Janardan Gyanoba Navle also played unofficial Test matches against the team of Arthur Gilligan in the year 1926-27 and in the team of Jack Ryder for nine years later.
Janardan Gyanoba Navle played his last test match at Bombay (now called Mumbai) In the year 1933 on December 15 to 18, versus England.
After retiring from the British colonial cricket, Janardan Gyanoba Navle worked as a security guard in a sugar mill. There he lived in a humble life in a two room flat in Pune.
Janardan Gyanoba Navle died on 7th September 1979 in Pune, Maharashtra at the ripe age of 76 years.
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(Last Updated on : 14-08-2014)
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