Indian skipper takes bribery to a new level in cricket!
Maharajkumar of Vizianagram © Getty Images

Among the most inexplicable things in Indian cricket is the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Sir Vijay Ananda Gajapathi Raju, better known as the Maharajkumar of Vizianagram or simply Vizzy, as captain of the Indian team for the 1936 tour of England. Vizzy got in most undeservingly into the team leave alone captaining the side using his financial clout and manipulative nature to his advantage. But the man was such a miserable misfit in the side that seniors like CK Nayudu, Vijay Merchant and Lala Amarnath became critical of his abilities as a player and captain. The team became divided between pro and anti-Vizzy.

The vindictive Vizzy colluded with team manager Major Jack Brittain-Jones to have Amarnath sent back home before the Test match and offered Syed Mushtaq Ali a gold watch to run out his opening partner Vijay Merchant during the first Test. In a county match, Vizzy gave a gold watch to the opposing skipper, who later said: “I gave him a full toss and a couple of long hops, but you can’t go on bowling like that all day, not in England.”

Vizzy played three Tests and batted in six innings to score 33 runs at 8.25!