Rustomji Jamshedji Dorabji Jamshedji played only one Test, the first on Indian soil
Rustomji Jamshedji Dorabji Jamshedji played only one Test, the first on Indian soil

Born November 18, 1892, Rustomji Jamshedji Dorabji Jamshedji played only one Test, the first on Indian soil. However, it was a historic debut, since he remains India s oldest Test debutant. Here are 6 facts about India s oldest Test debutant.

1. India s oldest Test debutant

Rustomji Jamshedji Dorabji Jamshedji was 41 years 27 days old when he made his debut against England in the Bombay Gymkhana Test of 1933-34. It was the first Test on Indian soil, and the first Test in history that included cricket on Sunday.

Jamshedji remains India s oldest Test debutant. The next Indians on the list are Cotar Ramaswami (40 years 39 days), Amir Elahi (39 years 102 days), Keki Tarapore (37 years 329 days), and Shute Banerjee (37 years 124 days).

2. India s third-oldest Test player

Jamshedji played a solitary Test. The only Indians to have played at an older age are Vinoo Mankad (last Test at 41 years 300 days) and Lala Amarnath (41 years 92 days). The other Indians to play after 40 are CK Nayudu (40 years 289 days), Sachin Tendulkar (40 years 204 days), Ramaswami (40 years 60 days), and Vijay Merchant (40 years 21 days).

3. Seventh-oldest Test debutant

Not only was Jamshedji India s oldest Test debutant, he remains the seventh-oldest Test debutant in the world, after James Southerton (49 years 119 days), Miran Bakhsh (47-284), Don Blackie (46-253), Bert Ironmonger (46-237), Nelson Betancourt (42-242), and Rockley Wilson (41-337).

The only others to make Test debuts after 40 are Archie Wiles, Omar Henry, Septimus Kinneir, Harry Lee, Geoff Chubb, and Ramaswami.

4. First Indian Test cricketer to be born

Jamshedji was also the first Indian Test cricketer to be born, on November 18, 1892. The only other Indian Test cricketers to be born in the 19th century were CK Nayudu (October 31, 1895) and Ramaswami (June 16, 1896). Ladha Ramji was born February 10, 1900.

5. Cricket career

Standing at 5 8 , Jamshedji tossed the ball up to batsmen uninhibitedly. He made his First-Class debut at 30, but struck immediately, routing Europeans in the 1922-23 Quadrangular semi-final: he took 7 for 85. In the final he claimed 4 for 61 and 7 for 61.

Jamshedji made his debut alongside Ramji and LP Jai, and those two future greats of Indian cricket, Merchant and Amarnath. He remained unbeaten in both innings, scoring 4 and 1. He bowled only once in the Test, returning figures of 35-4-137-3. His wickets included Charlie Barnett, Leslie Townsend, and Bryan Valentine.

He continued to play First-Class cricket till he was 46. Only 29 of his matches (spanned over 16 years) were given First-Class status. He claimed 134 wickets at 22.12.

6. Personal life

The son of a bank employee in Bombay, Jamshedji did not study beyond matriculation. He worked as a clerk in Bombay Dyeing, a job he continued with after his playing days. He passed away on April 5, 1976.