Watch one of the oldest cricket videos! Yes, it’s Ranjitsinhji batting in nets
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Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji was an Indian Prince and inarguably one of the finest cricketers to have ever played the game. He was widely called as’Ranji’ across the globe. Hailing from the Royal family in India, Ranji had a keen passion towards cricket. He has massive records and humongous runs to his name but what made him special was his ability to improvise and discover new strokes. He played Test cricket for England and made a name for himself with flawless execution and unique style of play. READ MORE: Video: Jonny Bairstow, Shane Warne having a ball at Lord’s balcony

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Ranji was the one to have implemented the flick and leg glance, and most of the players followed his footsteps. The leg glance was his patent as he played it gracefully. Ranji played 15 Tests in which he scored a staggering 989 runs at a healthy average of 44.95. He had a plethora of runs in First-Class cricket for Sussex, as he played 307 games in which he amassed 24,692 runs at an astounding average of just over 56. READ MORE: When wicketkeeper Jonny Bairtsow sprinted, beat slip fielders in the race, swirled in bid to save a boundary

Ranji was considered to be unorthodox in his approach but his lightening quick reflexes and magnificent hand-eye co-ordination stood him out from his imminent peers.  In recognition of his contribution towards cricket, the grandest domestic tournament in India is named as Ranji Trophy.

In the video below, which was posted by BFI on their official YouTube channel, Ranji can be seen swinging his bat in the nets and the video is a testament to his dedication and determination towards cricket. This is one of the oldest surviving cricket films.