Mehli Irani

Mehli Irani
Personal information
Full nameMehli Dinshaw Irani
Born (1930-06-26) 26 June 1930 (age 89)
Bombay, India
RoleBatsman, wicket-keeper
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 4
Runs scored 99
Batting average 19.80
100s/50s 1/0
Top score 68
Balls bowled 10
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings –/–
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 12 February 2018

Mehli Dinshaw Irani (born 26 June 1930) is an Indian former cricketer, who played as a left-handed batsman and wicket-keeper. Irani is best known for playing in the Kanga Cricket League for over 50 years.


In the 1952-53 season, Irani captained a Bombay University team that included five future Test match players: (Nari Contractor, Naren Tamhane, Chandrakant Patankar, Gundibail Sunderam and Ramnath Kenny).[1] In one match captained by Irani, five catches were dropped in the opening over.[2] In 1953, Irani made his only appearance in the Ranji Trophy. He was out lbw to Vijay Hazare for 17.[1][3][4] Irani played in the Kanga Cricket League, a monsoon season cricket tournament, for over 50 years, starting in 1949.[3][4] He described the difficulty of batting in the tournament: "A person who gets 30 or 40 runs is as good as getting a 50 or a 100 when you play on a dry wicket, the uncertainty of the wicket added to Kanga League’s beauty."[4]


  1. ^ a b Murzello, Clayton (2 November 2017). "Off-Cutters Daily Mumbai Ranji Trophy Trivia". Mid Day. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  2. ^ Saeed, Umaima (31 May 2017). "Nari Contractor recalls how five catches were dropped in one over". Sportskeeda. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b Waingankar, Makarand (26 September 2012). "Mehli Irani showed the light for others to shine". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Shetty, Disha (7 September 2014). "The fading charm of the Kanga League". Wisden India. Retrieved 12 February 2018.

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