UK museum honours Indian legend Ranjitsinhji

Ranjit Singh used to play for the English cricket team and for Sussex county Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Hove: Aug 26, 2011

Authorities dedicated a portion of the Sussex Cricket Museum in the memory of late cricketer, K. S. Ranjitsinhji, after whom the Indian domestic cricket championship, Ranji Trophy is named during a ceremony in England’s Hove city on Wednesday.

Acting Indian High Commissioner to United Kingdom, Rajesh Prasad, inaugurated the section of the museum.

Ranjitsinhji, an Indian prince, used to play for the English cricket team and for Sussex county. He has been credited for bringing a new style to batting that revolutionised the game.

Rob Broddie, a librarian at the museum said Ranjitsinhji was closely associated with Sussex for several years.

“He was revered, if you read out history books, he was a very special player, he was infact the greatest player, both himself, his nephew Dalip, Maurice Tate, Arthur Gilligan. We have had some really special players here. If you go back you had the revered David Shepherd, Tony Greg, Nawab Ali Pataudi, the names go on. The club has very rich history but also this very close collection with the Indians, which I have tried here to show, and it’s been rather difficult because I had eight weeks to put it together. This is just a part of it, there is many other archive which I haven’t been able to access,” said Rob.

Broddie praised the late cricketer and said the prince often invited English players to his palace in India.

“He was so generous to the club, a great benefactor and he was always inviting English players to his palace in India and the players would go out there and he would treat them royally,” added Broddie.

The museum is also celebrating 100 years of the first visit to Hove by an official Indian team in 1911.