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Pankaj Singh and other Test cricketers from Rajasthan

Pankaj Singh is the 10th cricketer from Rajasthan to play Tests for India © Getty Images
Pankaj Singh is the 10th cricketer from Rajasthan to play Tests for India © Getty Images

Pankaj Singh became the first Rajasthan cricketer to play Test cricket in over two decades. Abhishek Mukherjee looks at the others from Rajasthan who had had the honours.

Though Rajasthan (earlier Rajputana) always had a rich heritage of cricket, they had not produced as many Test cricketers as they ideally should have. They were easily the second-best side in India during Bombay’s Ranji Trophy dominance from 1958-59 to 1972-73.  Rajasthan became runners-up four times in a row from 1960-61 to 1963-64, and eight times between 1960-61 and 1973-74. It was not until 2010-11 that they won a title, and repeated the feat next season.

The two pillars of Rajasthan cricket during their era of dominance — Raj Singh Dungarpur and Kishen Rungta — never played at the highest level; a few other champions (Suryaveer Singh immediately comes to mind) had missed out for one reason or the other. Some others, on the other hand, did. Let us have a look at the list.

Rajasthan career Test career Tests
Start End Start End  
Vinoo Mankad 1956-57 1961-62 1946 1958-59 44
Salim Durrani 1956-57 1977-78 1959-60 1972-73 29
Gulabrai Ramchand 1956-57 1956-57 1952 1959-60 33
Hanumant Singh 1957-58 1978-79 1963-64 1969-79 14
Vijay Manjrekar 1958-59 1965-66 1951-52 1964-65 55
Rusi Surti 1959-60 1960-61 1960-61 1969-70 26
Subhash Gupte 1960-61 1962-63 1951-52 1961-62 36
Parthasarathy Sharma 1962-63 1984-85 1974-75 1976-77 5
Pravin Amre 1990-91 1997-98 1992-93 1993 11
Pankaj Singh 2004-05 active 2014 active 1


1. Parthasarathy Sharma and Pankaj Singh have not played Ranji Trophy for any other side.

2. This list contains cricketers who have played Test cricket while playing for Rajasthan. The likes of Arvind Apte, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Aakash Chopra, Ramesh Powar have played for Rajasthan after their Test days were over, so they do not count.

3. Gagan Khoda, Kabir Ali, and Vikram Solanki have played international cricket, but not Test cricket during their tenure for Rajasthan.

(Abhishek Mukherjee is the Deputy Editor and Cricket Historian at CricketCountry. He blogs here and can be followed on Twitter here.)

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