Dattajirao Gaekwad passes away: Former Indian captain and the country's oldest cricketer Dattajirao Gaikwad has said goodbye to this world. He died on Tuesday due to age related diseases. Dattajirao Gaekwad made his debut against England in 1952 at Leeds and his last international match was against Pakistan in Chennai in 1961.
India's oldest Test cricketer and former captain Dattajirao Gaikwad passed away today due to age-related ailments. He was the father of former Indian opening batsman and national coach Anshuman Gaikwad. Dattajirao Gaekwad breathed his last at the age of 95.
BCCI has expressed deep grief over the demise of former India captain and India's oldest Test cricketer Dattajirao Gaikwad. He played 11 Tests and led the team during India's tour of England in 1959. Under his captaincy, Baroda also won the Ranji Trophy… pic.twitter.com/HSUArGrjDF
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A source in Dattajirao Gaikwad's family told news agency PTI that he breathed his last this morning after battling for life in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) of a hospital in Baroda for the last 12 days. He played 11 Tests for India between 1952 and 1961. He also captained the national team on the England tour in 1959.
Right-handed batsman Dattajirao Gaekwad made his debut against England in Leeds in 1952 and his last international match was against Pakistan in Chennai in 1961. Gaikwad represented Baroda in the Ranji Trophy from 1947 to 1961. He scored 3139 runs at an average of 47.56, which included 14 centuries. His highest score was 249 not out against Maharashtra in the 1959–60 season. He became India's oldest Test cricketer in 2016. Before him, Deepak Shodhan was the oldest Test cricketer of India. Former batsman Shodhan died at the age of 87 in Ahmedabad.
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