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The first Malayalee to play Test cricket for India Farewell to CK Bhaskar

While studying about the human body in the classrooms of Kannur and Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, Dr. CK Bhaskar’s mind was full of a red ball sewn with white thread. The doctor ‘examines’ the batsmen with his balls in the opening spells of the Ranji Trophy. The award given by the Kerala Cricket Association to the best fast bowler in Kerala is named after CK Bhaskar.

The pace bowler also holds the record of being the first Malayalee cricketer to represent India by joining the Indian University team. In 1965, he became the first Keralite to achieve this feat by wearing India’s Test cap against Ceylon in Ahmedabad. Nawab Pataudi led India at that time. Bhaskar took 2 wickets in the match.

Although he was born in Thalassery, Bhaskar studied in Thiruvananthapuram. He captained the Kerala School Cricket Team and the Kerala College Cricket Team. At the age of 16, he played for the Kerala senior team. He was in the team when Madras Ranji reached the final for the first time in history. He took 106 wickets in 42 first – class matches and 580 runs, including 2 fifties.

After immigrating to the US, he focused on sports medicine. He has been a spectator at every Olympics since 1972. With the help of US Olympic legend Carl Lewis, a project called ‘Mission Gold for India’ was formed.

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