M L Jaisimha was a true stylist who had rubbed shoulders with the greatest cricket legends of the 60s. A classicist to the core, Jaisimha was easily noticed in the field by his trademark upturned collar. Elegance personified and a true gentleman both on and off the field he remains a role model for budding cricketers. This Hyderabadi batsman was so popular in his heyday that even Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has admitted his admiration for him with awe in his book, ‘Hit Refresh’.
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Jaisimha inspired a galaxy of Indian stars including former cricketers Mohammad Azharuddin and VVS Laxman to name a few. He had played for India in 39 Tests and scored 2,056 runs.
Hyderabad-based sports journalist, A. Joseph Antony, a former Senior Assistant Editor with The Hindu, vividly captures the best moments from the legend’s life in his biography, ‘My Way’, which he wrote with the cricketer’s wife Jayanthi Jaisimha. Kudos to the author for presenting the legend’s achievements in cricket, while not bogged down by his ‘flamboyant genius’ and the fan cult that follows him even today.
Hailed as his ‘all time hero’ by the great Sunil Gavaskar in his foreword, Jaisimha debuted at Lord’s with the 1959 tour of England. But the series was disastrous for the visitors as the hosts inflicted a humiliating 5-0 defeat on India.
Jaisimha created a world record by remaining on the field for all five days of the fourth Test at Calcutta against Richie Benaud-led Australia. He had helped India win the match with his priceless knocks of 20 not out and 70 and established himself as a pillar of the Indian side.He passed away on July 7, 1999, leaving behind some priceless memories to cherish forever.
Listen to Sunil Gavaskar’s foreword of ‘My way—The biography of M.L. Jaisimha,’ (Apple Books, Amazon, Kindle) read by Agnes George: https://cutt.ly/Ffi0RE2
Read KTR’s tweet on Jaisimha’s achievement at Brisbane, Australia 50 years back.