Keki Khurshedji Tarapore served with Mumbai Cricket Team and Indian Cricket Team and many other domestic cricket teams. He was a right handed batsman and Left-arm orthodox bowler.
Keki Khurshedji Tarapore played as the understudy to Vinoo Mankad, the first of the three or four such left arm spinners, against West Indies in 1948 to 1949. His debut international test match was against West Indies on November 10, 1948 at Firoz Shah Kotla Stadium, and his last test match was also at Firoz Shah Kotla Stadium.
Keki Khurshedji Tarapore was thrust into whirling West Indian blades in the Delhi Test of 1948. Only three wickets fell to Indian bowlers on each of the first two days and Tarapore was conspicuously innocent of them all. So the mammoth crowd diverted itself by tormenting the poor man who at thirty eight was the first class career in cricket. While fielding at deep extra cover on the second day in this match, Keki Khurshedji Tarapore injured his fingers while trying to stop a four hit by Robert Christiani off Vinoo Mankad. Keki Khurshedji Tarapore had to leave the field for his injury, and when he came back, the crowd barracked him every time, when he touched the ball.
Four months after his only Test, Keki Khurshedji Tarapore played his last first class match - the Ranji Trophy final between Bombay Cricket Team and Baroda Cricket Team (Vadodara), where he bowled 99 overs.
After retirement from Indian cricket scenario, Keki Khurshedji Tarapore later went into cricket administration. He managed the Indian international teams to England in the year 1967 and West Indies in 1970 to 1971. Keki Khurshedji Tarapore served as the secretary of Cricket Club of India from 1954 to 1982.
Keki Khurshedji Tarapore died on 15th June 1996, in Bombay (Mumbai) in Maharashtra after being knocked down by a moped.
(Last Updated on : 21-08-2014)
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