Former India Captain Dattajirao Gaekwad Passes Away at 95

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Former India cricket captain Dattajirao Gaekwad, a revered figure in Baroda’s cricketing history, has passed away at the age of 95. According to reports from the Press Trust of India, Gaekwad, who held the distinction of being India’s oldest living Test cricketer, breathed his last on Tuesday (February 13) in a Baroda hospital due to age-related ailments.

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Remembering Dattajirao Gaekwad A Stalwart of Indian Cricket

Gaekwad’s cricketing journey began with his debut for India in 1952 during the team’s inaugural tour of England post-Independence. Over the course of his international career spanning from 1952 to 1961, he represented India in 11 Test matches, notably achieving a half-century against the formidable West Indies in Delhi.

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While Gaekwad’s international career was modest, his prowess in first-class cricket was formidable. Across 110 matches, he amassed 5788 runs, embellished with 17 centuries. Among his notable achievements was a monumental 249 not out against Maharashtra, which was one of three double centuries in his career. Additionally, he showcased his leadership abilities by guiding Baroda to a Ranji Trophy triumph in the 1957-58 season.

Gaekwad’s influence extended beyond his playing days, as his son Anshuman followed in his footsteps to represent India in 40 Test matches. Anshuman Gaekwad also ventured into coaching, notably serving as the national team’s coach during the 1990s.

Key Highlights

  • Former India cricket captain Dattajirao Gaekwad, aged 95, has passed away in Baroda.
  • Gaekwad, the oldest living Test cricketer of India, succumbed to age-related illness in a Baroda hospital.
  • He made his debut for India in 1952 during the team’s first tour of England post-Independence.
  • Gaekwad played 11 Test matches for India between 1952 and 1961, with a notable half-century against the West Indies.
  • In first-class cricket, Gaekwad amassed 5788 runs in 110 matches, featuring 17 centuries, including a best of 249 not out against Maharashtra.
  • He captained Baroda to a Ranji Trophy victory in the 1957-58 season.
  • Gaekwad’s son, Anshuman Gaekwad, also represented India in 40 Test matches and served as the national team’s coach in the 1990s.

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