Bapu Nadkarni, known as the left hand, all-rounder, came into cricket after appearing in the Rohinton Baria Trophy for Pune University in 1950-51. He was known for being an economical bowler.
It is said that he used to keep a coin on the ground while practicing his bowling techniques and used to precisely aim at the coin. This ultimate precision was so controlled that it became a subject of research.
His first test début was against New Zealand at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on December 16, 1955 and his last test was against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland, March 7, 1968.