Indian Starlets

Indian Starlets were a team of young Indian cricketers who played 16 first-class matches between 1960 and 1967.

Tour of Pakistan, 1959-60

Seventeen players took part in a tour of Pakistan in April and May 1960. They played seven first-class matches; all were drawn.[1] The players, with their ages at the beginning of the tour, were:

Milkha Singh was the leading batsman, with 469 runs at an average of 117.25 and three centuries.[12] Ghosh, Kumar and Sitaram were the most successful bowlers.[13]

Apart from the experienced Amarnath, while most of the players had substantial careers in Indian domestic cricket, only Engineer, Jaisimha, Kumar, Vijay Mehra and Milkha Singh went on to play Test cricket.

Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup Tournament

Indian Starlets played a friendly match in March 1963 against an Andhra Chief Minister's XI. It was drawn.[14]

Between 1964-65 and 1967-68 Indian Starlets competed in the annual Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup Tournament held in Hyderabad at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium. They played eight matches in all, drawing the first six and losing the last two. They reached the final in 1964-65 (in which their opponents, Associated Cement Company, were declared the winners on the basis of their 253-run first innings lead)[15] and in 1966-67, when they lost to State Bank of India by 16 runs.[16]

Of their 16 first-class matches, Indian Starlets drew the first 14 and lost the last two.

Indian Starlets teams also toured Malaysia in 1973 and Sri Lanka in 1978-79, but no first-class matches were played on either tour.[17]


  1. ^ Wisden 1961 p. 890.
  2. ^ Sudhakar Adhikari at Cricket Archive
  3. ^ Prem Bhatia at Cricket Archive
  4. ^ Dinabandu at Cricket Archive
  5. ^ William Ghosh at Cricket Archive
  6. ^ Habib Ahmed at Cricket Archive
  7. ^ Harcharan Singh at Cricket Archive
  8. ^ Gulshran Rai Mehra at Cricket Archive
  9. ^ Madan Mehra at Cricket Archive
  10. ^ Chatta Ramesh at Cricket Archive
  11. ^ Ponnuswami Sitaram at Cricket Archive
  12. ^ Indian Starlets batting 1959-60
  13. ^ Indian Starlets bowling 1959-60
  14. ^ Andhra Chief Minister's XI v Indian Starlets 1962-63
  15. ^ Associated Cement Company v Indian Starlets 1964-65
  16. ^ Indian Starlets v State Bank of India 1966-67
  17. ^ Other matches played by Indian Starlets

External links

  • First-class matches played by Indian Starlets
  • Indian Starlets in Pakistan, 1959-60
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