Dattajirao Gaekwad, India’s Oldest Test Cricketer, Passes Away | News | Cricket News – Times of India
NEW DELHI: Dattajirao Gaekwad, the oldest Test cricket player in India and a former captain, passed away on Tuesday from age-related illnesses.
The 95-year-old Gaekwad was the father of national coach Anshuman Gaekwad and a former opener for India.
After fighting for his life for the previous twelve days in the intensive care unit of a Baroda hospital, he passed away early this morning, a family source told PTI.
Between 1952 and 1961, he participated in 11 Test matches for India, leading the team on its 1959 tour of England as captain.
The right-hander played his last international match in 1961 in Chennai against Pakistan after making his debut against England in Leeds in 1952.
Gaekwad played for Baroda in the Ranji Trophy between 1947 and 1961. At an average of 47.56, he scored 3139 runs, 14 hundreds among them.
His greatest was a 1959-60 season 249 not out against Maharashtra.
After former hitter Deepak Shodhan passed away in Ahmedabad in 2016 at the age of 87, he became the oldest living Test cricket player in India.
(With PTI inputs)