Early Life of Venkataraman Subramanya
Venkataraman Subramanya was born on 16th July in the year 1936. He was hailing from Bengaluru, Karnataka. He was the former Indian cricketer who played in nine Tests from 1965 to 1968. Venkataraman Subramanya was an aggressive middle order batsman. Later he captained Mysore for some years, and a useful leg-spin bowler. He later immigrated to Australia. Venkataraman Subramanya was nicknamed as "Kunju (small) Mani". Venkataraman Subramanya grew up in a joint family in Malleswaram. His father was a civil engineer in Bengaluru. His uncle was the chief engineer when the KRS Dam was built. Venkataraman Subramanya studied at the Malleswaram High School and later Basappa Intermediate College before graduating from Central College. Venkataraman Subramanya turned out for Malleswaram Gymkhana.
Career of Venkataraman Subramanya
Venkataraman Subramanya was an accomplished batsman of his times. Venkataraman Subramanya made his Ranji Trophy debut against Hyderabad Cricket team batting at number 10. Mysore made the final that year, but they had a new skipper. Kennimbeli Vasudevamurthy was made captain of the team and he promoted Subramanya higher up in the order. The game against Bombay Cricket Team took place at the Brabourne Stadium. Venkataraman Subramanya excelled with a fine century. Despite his efforts, Mysore Crciket Team lost the game by an innings and 22 runs.
Later Career of Venkataraman Subramanya
Venkataraman Subramanya built on his achievement in his debut season and scored more runs in the following seasons. Venkataraman Subramanya was appointed as Captain of the Mysore Cricket team in the year 1963. In his first season as captain, Venkataraman Subramanya led his team to a semi-final showdown against Bombay (Mumbai) at Central College Ground in Bengaluru. His excessive shielding of tail end partners cost him his century as he was dismissed for 99 by Subhash Gupte. Venkataraman Subramanya had a sensational Duleep Trophy by scoring hundreds against North Zone and West Zone. He was thus selected to the Indian National Cricket Team.
International Career of Venkataraman Subramanya
Venkataraman Subramanya played with reasonable success in the few Tests that he played between 1965 and 1968. Venkataraman Subramanya played against West Indies at Madras in 1966-67. There he hit 61 runs, treating Hall and Griffith with derision. He did little of note on the tour of England in 1967, but he touched form late and played in two of the three Tests. Pressed to open the attack because of injuries to the regular new ball bowlers, he bowled Geoff Boycott in the third Test at Edgbaston. On the tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1967-68, he did little of note, save for a fighting 75 in a losing cause in the first Test at Adelaide.
Domestic Career of Venkataraman Subramanya
Venkataraman Subramanya later returned to play for the Mysore Cricket team. His greatest contribution to Karnataka Cricket was as a leader. Under his leadership, talented cricketers like B. S. Chandrasekhar, Gundappa Vishwanath, EAS Prasanna, Syed Kirmani made their debuts and were given extended runs. He inspired a sense of team spirit that was lacking earlier. Venkataraman Subramanya broke down club cricket loyalties and inspired the cricketers to play for Mysore Cricket team.
(Last Updated on : 09-12-2014)
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