Vinoo Mankad made his debut against England in 1946 at the mecca of Cricket, Lords in London. Since then he was a permanent fixture in Indian roster for next 15 years. He was an opening batsman and a slow left arm bowler. He was one of the greatest all-rounders, Indian cricket has produced. He proved his greatest all-rounder tag by becoming one of three away players, whose names features on both batting and bowling honours boards at Lords.
He was instrumental in India registering their first win over England in Madras (Then, Now Chennai) with his bowling figures of 8/52 & 4/53 in respective innings. Vinoo Mankad will always be remembered for what occurred when Australia hosted India in 1947/48 series. He ran out Bill Brown, who ran too far ahead before Mankad delivered the ball. Something like this happened for the first time on a cricket field, so as a remembrance a new term ‘Mankading’ was derived to describe run outs of similar fashion.
BCCI saluted Vinoo Mankad’s contribution to Indian Cricket by naming the domestic U-19, ODI tournament after his name as Vinoo Mankad trophy.