Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has done well to continue felicitating past players as part of its annual awards. This year, the cricket establishment has decided to honour all-rounder Bapu Nadkarni, wicketkeeper-batsman Farokh Engineer and late all-rounder Eknath Solkar for their contribution to Indian cricket. All three played Ranji Trophy cricket for Mumbai.
Nadkarni bowled tirelessly at all levels of the game until the 1970s and did a fine job as assistant manager on India's tour of Australia, New Zealand and Fiji in 1980-81. Karsan Ghavri, who played a part in drawing the Adelaide Test and winning the third and final Test at Melbourne during that Australian summer, remembered Nadkarni's invaluable inputs during team meetings.