India’s oldest cricketer Dutta Gaikwad dies at the age of 95

India’s oldest cricketer Dutta Gaikwad dies at the age of 95


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New Delhi. Former Indian captain Dattajirao Krishnarao Gaekwad, the country’s longest-lived Test cricketer, died at his residence in Baroda on Tuesday. He was 95 years old.

Gaikwad’s Test career lasted from 1952 to 1961, but during this period he played only 11 Tests, scoring 350 runs.

He captained the Indian team that toured England in 1959, but the team lost all five Tests. His highest score was 52 against West Indies at New Delhi in 1959.

Gaekwad was a pillar of strength for Baroda in the Ranji Trophy, for whom he played from 1947 to 1961. He scored 3139 runs including 14 centuries. His highest score was 249 not out against Maharashtra in 1959–60.

Gaikwad also scored two double centuries and scored 128 and 101 not out against Gujarat in 1949–50.

He is the father of former India cricketer Anshuman Gaikwad, who also coached the national team for two stints.

Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan expressed his condolences on the demise of the former cricketer.

-IANS

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