India Mourns the Loss of Longest-Living Test Cricketer, D.K. Gaekwad, at 95

Paying tribute to D.K. Gaekwad, India’s longest-living Test cricketer. Explore the iconic moments of his cricketing journey spanning from 1952 to 1961.

Former India cricket captain Dattajirao Krishnarao Gaekwad, the country’s longest-living Test cricketer, peacefully passed away at his Baroda residence on Tuesday at the age of 95.

Gaekwad’s illustrious Test career spanned from 1952 to 1961, featuring in 11 Tests and amassing 350 runs. Leading the Indian team during the 1959 England tour, he faced challenges, and his highest score was 52 against the West Indies in 1959 at New Delhi.

In the Ranji Trophy, D.K. Gaekwad remained a stalwart for Baroda from 1947 to 1961, accumulating 3139 runs with 14 centuries. Notably, his highest score was an unbeaten 249 against Maharashtra in 1959-60, showcasing his formidable batting prowess.

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Known as the father of former Indian cricketer and coach Anshuman Gaekwad, D.K. Gaekwad’s impact on cricket extended beyond his playing days. His legacy, especially in nurturing young talent for Baroda cricket, was highlighted by former all-rounder Irfan Pathan, who expressed condolences on social media.

IANS