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  • Dattajirao Gaekwag passed away at 95 years of age
  • He's the father of former Indian opener and national coach Anshuman Gaekwad

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Daatajirao Gaekwad's career spanned 11 Test matches between 1952 and 1961, including leading the national team on its tour of England in 1959.

India's oldest Test cricketer and former captain Dattajirao Gaekwad passes away

India's cricketing fraternity bid farewell to one of its most venerable figures, Dattajirao Gaekwad, who passed away on Tuesday due to age-related ailments at the age of 95. Gaekwad, a stalwart of Indian cricket and the patriarch of a cricketing legacy that includes his son, former India opener and national coach Anshuman Gaekwad, left an indelible mark on the sport.

Gaekwad's final days were spent battling for life in the ICU of a Baroda hospital, where after a 12-day fight, he breathed his last early in the morning, leaving behind a legacy that transcends generations. His contribution to Indian cricket, spanning 11 Test matches between 1952 and 1961, includes leading the national team on its tour of England in 1959, showcasing his leadership on international grounds.

Making his Test debut against England at Leeds in 1952, Gaekwad's career culminated in a match against Pakistan in Chennai in 1961. However, his impact was not confined to the international arena alone. In the domestic circuit, representing Baroda from 1947 to 1961 in the Ranji Trophy, Gaekwad amassed 3,139 runs at an impressive average of 47.56, including 14 centuries. His monumental innings of 249 not out against Maharashtra during the 1959-60 season remains a testament to his prowess with the bat.

Earning the distinction of India's oldest living Test cricketer in 2016 following the demise of Deepak Shodhan, Gaekwad's life was a narrative of resilience, dedication, and an unwavering passion for cricket. His journey from the cricket fields of Baroda to leading the national team on the global stage embodies the spirit of perseverance and excellence.

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