Early Life of Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan
Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan was born on 2nd October in the year 1939 in Mulky, near Mangalore. Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan played as a wicket keeper for the most of his career, and was an exciting but unorthodox right-handed batsman.
Career of Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan
Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan made his first appearance in first class cricket for the Cricket Club of India against the touring West Indies in 1958-1959. After just two first class matches, he was picked to play Test cricket for India against Australian Cricket team in the next year. Through the fifties India had wicket keepers of about the same quality in Naren Tamhane, Prabir Sen and Nana Joshi. Joshi and Tamhane had already been tried when Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan got his chance in the third Test. Kunderan got out hit wicket on his first appearance while attempting to pull Ian Meckiff but scored 71 and 33 in his next Test.
Kunderan had played three Test matches when he made his Ranji Trophy debut in 1960. In his first Ranji Trophy appearance, Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan hit 205 for Railways against Jammu and Kashmir. His second first class hundred was also scored later in the year against the same opponents in a remarkable match that Indian Railways won without losing a wicket.
From the early sixties, Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan had a new competitor for the wicket keeping position in Farokh Engineer, who was also an eminent Indian cricketer. Both played in the series against England at home and toured West Indies in 1961-1962. Engineer was selected ahead of Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan when England again visited India in 1963-1964, but Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan was found medically unfit on the eve of the first Test at Madras. Opening the innings, Kunderan hit 192 with 31 fours, 170 of which came on the first day of the match. Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan scored another hundred at Delhi and finished with an aggregate of 525 runs in the series.
Later Career of Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan
In 1965, Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan left his job in the Indian Railways and appeared for Mysore Cricket Team and the South Zone. A side effect of this was that he was able to keep wickets to the bowling of Chandrasekhar, Prasanna and Venkatraghavan in domestic matches. He was recalled against West Indies Cricket team in 1966-1967, Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan scored 79 in 92 minutes in the Bombay Test. Early on in the innings, he appeared to have been caught by Garry Sobers but as the batsman prepared to depart, Sobers indicated that he had taken the catch on the bounce. One Test later, Kunderan again found himself out of the team.
International Cricket Career of Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan
Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan served as a professional in the Lancashire league and then with Drumpellier in the Western Union in Scotland. In the early 1980, he played for Scotland in the Benson and Hedges Cup in England. Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan lived in Scotland from the turn of the 1970s.
Budhi Kunderan died from lung cancer at the age of 66 on 23rd June 2006.