Why Is Team India Wearing Black Armbands On Day 3 Of Rajkot Test

Shaik Baji
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On Day 3 of the Rajkot Test, Team India will wear black armbands to honour the late Dattajirao Gaekwad, a former Indian cricketer who recently passed away.

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Gaekwad, who played 11 Tests between 1952 and 1961, led the Indian team during the 1959 England tour. Acknowledged for his exceptional defensive skills, powerful drives, and versatility as a fielder, Gaekwad made significant contributions to Indian cricket.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared the update on social media, stating, “#TeamIndia will be wearing black armbands in memory of Dattajirao Gaekwad, former India captain and India’s oldest Test cricketer who passed away recently.

” Gaekwad, initially an opener, transitioned to the middle order over his 10-year career, and his final appearance for India was against Pakistan at home in 1961.

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In addition to his international achievements, Gaekwad played a pivotal role for Baroda in the Ranji Trophy from 1947 to 1961. His leadership guided Baroda to victory in the 1957-58 season, securing the Ranji Trophy by defeating Services in the final.

Gaekwad’s contributions extended to scoring 5788 runs and 17 centuries in all first-class cricket, with a notable high score of 249 not out against Maharashtra in 1959-60.

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After the passing of Deepak Shodhan in 2016, Gaekwad held the title of India’s oldest living Test cricketer until his recent demise. Chingleput Gopinath, a cricketer from Chennai aged 93, now holds that distinction. Dattajirao Gaekwad passed away on a Tuesday morning after more than a 10-day battle for life in the ICU of a Baroda hospital. His cricket journey began with Bombay University and the Maharaja Sayaji University in Baroda.

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