Former Indian Team Captain Dattajirao Gaekwad Passes Away at 95

The Former Indian Team captain died in Baroda at the age of 95

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Dattajirao Gaekwad, the former captain of India’s cricket team, died on Tuesday at his home in Baroda. He was 95.

Gaekwad played 11 Tests for India and scored 350 runs at an average of 18.42.
Gaekwad, who made his debut in 1952, later led the Indian team on a tour of England in 1959. The team lost all five Tests and struggled in first-class cricket, despite Gaekwad’s valiant batting, accumulating 1174 runs (34.52) during the trip.

His highest Test score was 52 against West Indies in New Delhi in 1959.
Gaekwad was a local star for Baroda in the Ranji Trophy, where he appeared from 1947 to 1961. Overall, he scored 3139 runs (47.56), including 14 centuries

His career-best score was 249 not out against Maharashtra in 1959-60.

He died early this morning after struggling for his life at a Baroda hospital’s intensive care unit for the previous 12 days, as informed by his family to PTI

“The BCCI expresses its profound grief at the passing away of Dattajirao Gaekwad, former India captain and India’s oldest Test cricketer. He played in 11 Tests and led the team during India’s Tour of England in 1959. Under his captaincy, Baroda also won the Ranji Trophy in the 1957-58 season, beating Services in the final. The Board expresses its heartfelt condolences to Gaekwad’s family, friends, and admirers,” wrote the BCCI on X (formerly known as Twitter) in a tribute.

He became India’s oldest living Test cricketer in 2016, following the death of former hitter Deepak Shodhan at the age of 87 in Ahmedabad.

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