The right-handed batsman made his debut against England in Leeds in 1952 and his last international match was against Pakistan in Chennai in 1961. Dattajirao represented Baroda in the Ranji Trophy from 1947 to 1961.
Former Indian Test captain Dattajirao Gaikwad, who held the record of being the oldest living Test cricketer in the country, died at his residence in Baroda on Tuesday. Dattajirao Gaekwad was 95 years old. Dattajirao Gaekwad played 11 matches for India in his 9-year Test career, captaining four of them.
India's oldest Test cricketer and former captain Dattajirao Gaikwad died on Tuesday due to age-related ailments. He was the father of former India opening batsman and national coach Anshuman Gaikwad. He was 95 years old.
Played 11 test matches for India: A family source told news agency PTI that he was battling for life in the ICU (intensive care unit) of a hospital in Baroda for the last 12 days. He breathed his last this morning. He played 11 Tests for India between 1952 and 1961. He also captained the national team on the England tour in 1959. BCCI has expressed grief over the demise of Dattajirao. The board said that it is with Gaikwad's family, friends and loved ones in this hour of grief.
Under the shade of the banyan tree at the Motibag cricket ground, from his blue Maruti car, Indian captain D.K. Gaekwad sir tirelessly scouted young talent for Baroda cricket, shaping the future of our team. His absence will be deeply felt. A great loss for cricketing community.… pic.twitter.com/OYyE2ppk88— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) February 13, 2024
Former Indian team all-rounder Irfan Pathan condoled the demise of Dattajirao Gaikwad through social media and recalled how the former captain identified young talent in the field. Dattajirao Gaekwad, who made his debut against England in 1952, got the title of India's oldest living Test cricketer after the death of Deepak Shodhan in 2016. Deepak Shohadhan died at the age of 87.
Dattajirao Gaekwad performed brilliantly in first class cricket for Baroda. His domestic cricket career lasted for 17 years. Between 1947 and 1964, Dattajirao Gaekwad scored 5788 runs in 110 matches with the help of 17 centuries and 23 half-centuries. His highest score in first class cricket was 249 not out. Dattajirao Gaekwad played his last test against Pakistan in Chennai in 1961.