Bellipadi Chandrahasa Alva

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B. C. Alva
Personal information
Full nameBellipadi Chandrahasa Alva
Born(1923-03-23)23 March 1923
Puttur, South Canara, Madras Presidency, British India
Died6 November 1982(1982-11-06) (aged 59)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm medium
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 40
Runs scored 1488
Batting average 25.65
100s/50s 3/6
Top score 141
Balls bowled 5,453
Wickets 74
Bowling average 29.04
5 wickets in innings 4
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 6/111
Catches/stumpings 22/–
Source: Cricinfo, 9 November 2011

Bellipadi Chandrahasa Alva (23 March 1923 – 6 November 1982) was an Indian cricketer who played domestic cricket for Madras and Mysore cricket teams and represented India in two unofficial Test matches.

Early life[edit]

Alva was born on 23 March 1923 in Puttur in South Canara, Madras Presidency. He had his schooling at St. Aloysius College, Mangalore and graduated in mathematics and engineering from St. Aloysius College, Bangalore and the Guindy Engineering College, Madras. Alva worked as Chief Engineer, Bangalore Electricity Board and was Chairman of the Bhakra Beas Management Board, Chandigarh.

Cricket career[edit]

Alva was a good middle-order batsman, medium pace bowler and slip fielder. He represented Madras from 1944–45 to 1954–55 and captained the team in Ranji Trophy for three seasons. He also played for Mysore in 1957–58 and 1958–59. He was a part of the Indian national cricket team for two unofficial tests against Commonwealth XI in 1951–52.


Alva died at Mangalore of abdominal cancer on 6 November 1982.


  • "Obituary". Indian Cricket 1983. Kasturi and Sons. 1983. p. 686.[need quotation to verify]