During a Test between India and West Indies in 1974-75, play came to a halt due to some trouble in the spectator’s stand at Wankhede stadium. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shankarrao Chavan then asked Merchant to address the crowd. Once Merchant asked the spectators, the aggressive crowd calmed down and the match was resumed.
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When Baig and Kenny were on their way back at tea-break, a girl of around 20 in a frock ran out of the North Stand and intercepted Baig on his way back. In Baig’s own words, “I was returning to the pavilion at tea when this girl jumped the fence and kissed me”. A startled Vijay Merchant, commentating on All India Radio, complained: “I wonder where all these enterprising young ladies were when I was scoring my hundreds and 200s”.
Pataudi went for a big one and was dropped by Andhra off-spinner Jayaram in the deep. Pataudi thought he was out and began walking towards the pavilion. I (Bezwada Mahendra Kumar) called him back and later he completed the century by executing a tennis shot.
During a match in Hyderabad, a buffalo entered the field and the Hyderabad fielders including Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi chased it out of the ground. Media termed it as “Chasing a buffalo, with Tiger” as Pataudi was called Tiger.
Because of his poor health, Vijay Merchant opted out of the Australia tour of 1947-48, which upset the Australian cricketers — including Bradman. The great man wrote: “Worst of all, we were denied the sight of Vijay Merchant, who must surely have claims to be the greatest of all Indian players.”