FIFA Parsis : Farokh Engineer
Born :
February 25, 1938
Achievements :
Former Indian Cricketer
Farokh Maneksha Engineer (born 25 February 1938 in Mumbai), is a former Indian cricketer of Parsi background who played 46 Tests for India and played first-class cricket for Mumbai in India and Lancashire in England. Engineer's active international career started in 1961 and continued to 1975, and he was India's first-choice wicket-keeper for most of that period. He was also a highly useful, stylish and very aggressive batsman. He is currently a match referee in the IPL.

He studied in Podar College, Matunga. A flamboyant batsman and an agile wicketkeeper, Farokh Engineer was one of the best of his trade, as shown by his selection as the first-choice keeper for the Rest of the World XI series in England and Australia in the early 1970s. Engineer was solidly built, yet had remarkably sharp reflexes - an essential requirement for keeping to the legendary spin quartet of Bedi, Prasanna, Chandrasekhar and Venkataraghavan. His finest moment as a batsman came against West Indies at Madras in 1966-67 when he plundered 94 before lunch on the first day - against Hall, Griffith, Sobers and Gibbs. Engineer eventually made England his home, and served Lancashire with distinction. His chiseled features and rugged good looks made him an obvious successor to Keith Miller and Denis Compton as a Brylcreem model.