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Budhi Kunderan

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Budhi Kunderan In 1963-64 against England at Madras, Kunderan scored 192 — the highest score by any Indian wicket keeper until MS Dhoni went past him in 2015.

Joining the Langloan club in 1971, former Indian International test cricketer Budhi soon was an integral part of Coatbridge and the cricket club. His enthusiasm and charm brought many youngsters to the club and he proved to be an excellent and patient teacher. 

A popular social venue, its fortunes were revived, winning the Western Union League Championship in 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1978, and the Scottish Cricket Cup in 1979, 1981 and 1982.

In Drumpellier's official history, his time there is talked of in golden terms. It is written the club's revival was, "simply due to BK Kunderan. Bringing a fresh approach to the club and an air of professionalism. Kunderan had turned the Coatbridge club into the best fielding side in the country.  The Langloan professional is now judged by the standards set by Budhi."

Reflecting on an outstanding international career where many of his sporting records remained unsurpassed for decades, Budhi said, "Cricket's taught me that life is a team game. To survive in life, you've got to back each other, you've got to help each other; it's give and take."