Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has taken special leave from his IPL commentary duties to celebrate the birth of the late great Vinoo Mankad on Wednesday.
“The Legends’ Club (Mumbai) has invited India’s former opening batsman and captain Sunil Gavaskar on the occasion of Vinoo Mankad’s birth anniversary on Wednesday,” said Masdhav Apte, the president of the Club. “Gavaskar, who otherwise would have been busy in IPL’s commentary during the Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad match at the Wankhede Stadium, has consented to grace the occasion,”
The Legends Club (Mumbai) invites sports persons to deliver lectures on birth anniversaries of the few legends the club has recognised.
“We have also invited Salim Durrani, who was coached by the late Vinoo Mankad,” Apte, who also played with Mankad, added.
“The key speakers are not given any subject but since it is Mankad’s 100th birth anniversary we expect them to speak on him.
Vinoo Mankad’s only surviving son, Rahul, who played first-class cricket, is also expected to say a few words on his father.”
School mates changed Mankad’s name
Vinoo was not Mankad’s real name, says cricket statistician Sudhir Vaidya, who spent two months with Mankad for his biography titled ‘Vinoo Mankad’.
“Although Mankad’s full name was Mulwantrai Himmatlal Mankad, he was known in the house by the pet name of ‘Minu’, Vaidva said. “But his school-mates converted it into ‘Vinoo’ which has become more popular and he still continues to be known as Vinoo Mankad rather than M H Mankad.
“The name plate on the door of his flat in South Bombay (now Mumbai) also read “Vinoo Mankad.”
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
His twitter bio reads: Eat cricket stories, drink cricket stories, sleep cricket stories.