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Commandur Rajagopalachari Rangachari About this sound pronunciation (help·info) (April 14, 1916, Mammandur, British India – October 9, 1993, Madras) was a fast bowler who represented India in Test cricket.
Rangachari was a medium pace bowler who bowled with a slight round-arm action and moved the ball away from the batsman. He was a student of the Pachaiyappa’s College in Madras. When the Madras cricket league was started in 1932, he for Chepauk United Club and then switched to Triplicane CC. Here he formed a fearsome partnership with M.J. Gopalan.
Rangachari first claimed the spotlight when he took 9 for 45 against Mysore in an inter-association junior match in 1938. The same year he was selected to the Ranji team. Ranga was also a fine fielder, and fielding usually at silly mid-off, formed a nice combination with the spinner A.G. Ram Singh.
C. R. Rangachari was selected for the tour of Australia in 1947/48. He took a hat-trick in the match against Tasmania. On his debut at Adelaide he took 4 for 141, dismissing Neil Harvey, Keith Miller, Ray Lindwall and Ian Johnson.
His career best bowling was 5 for 107 against West Indies at Delhi, which included a first spell in which he dismissed Allan Rae, Jeff Stollmeyer and George Headley. In his first five innings in Tests, his scores were 0*, 0, 0, 0,* and 0.
C. R. Rangachari played unofficial Tests against Australian Services Team in 1945 /46 and against the first Commonwealth team in 1949/50, and two M. J. Gopalan Trophy matches. He captained Madras in two matches in 1952/53.
C. R. Rangachari managed several Tamil Nadu / Madras and South Zone teams and was a state selector. He took 104 wickets for Madras in Ranji Trophy. His son C.R. Vijayaraghavan has umpired in One Day Internationals and first class cricket and as a third umpire in Test matches.
Rangachari worked in the police department and retired as the Deputy Superintendent. He died from a cardiac failure.
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