Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 1998
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Barodra, Gujarāt, India
Nayan Ramlal Mongia is a former Indian cricketer. He played as a right-handed batsman and a wicketkeeper. He still holds the Indian record of highest number of catches by a wicket keeper in a test match. He has caught 8 batsmen behind the wicket twice in his career. He also shares with M.S. Dhoni the record for most dismissals by an Indian Wicket-keeper in a Test. He has played 44 Tests, 140 one-day internationals and 158 first class matches during his two-decade-long cricketing career and finally retired from first class cricket in December 2004.He was born on 19 December 1969 in Baroda, Gujarat, India. He made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Lucknow in 1993-94 and has been the wicket keeper batsman during the reigning trio of bowlers of Indian team – Anil Kumble, Prasad and Srinath. He has also been successfully associated with star trio batsmen of Indian team – Sachin, Ganguly and Dravid from middle 1990’s to the end of the decade.
When he first toured England in 1990, he impressed Alan Knott, who claimed Mongia was a natural. Having spent many years as India's second wicketkeeper after Kiran More, Mongia first made it into the team in the mid-1990s and was from then on the number one choice for wicketkeeper. Mongia has a highest Test score of 152, which came against Australia cricket team in the one-off Test at Delhi in 1996-97 when he opened the batting. He was dropped from the team after dissent and allegations of match-fixing. In 1998, he received the Arjuna Award.