Dattajirao Gaekwad Biography!! He is an Indian Cricketer. Gaekwad appeared in 11 Test matches, toured England in 1952 and 1959 and West Indies in 1952–53. Gaekwad captained the Indian team on the 1959 tour. As a batsman Dattajirao possessed a sure defence and delightfully crisp shots especially through the covers”. Gaekwad was also an occasional leg spin bowler. From May 2016 until his death, Gaekwad was India’s oldest living Test cricketer.

Dattajirao Gaekwad Biography

Dattajirao Gaekwad Biography

Full name Dattajirao Krishnarao Gaekwad
Nickname(s) DK
Profession Cricketer (Batsman)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters– 178 cm
in meters– 1.78 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 10”
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Grey
International Debut Test– 5 June 1952 vs England at Headingley, Leeds
Last Match Test– 13 January 1961 vs Pakistan at Corporation Stadium, Chennai
Domestic/State Team Baroda
Coach/Mentor CS Nayudu
Batting Style Right hand Bat
Bowling Style Right arm Medium, Legbreak
Personal Life
Date of Birth 27 October 1928
Birthplace Vadodara, British India (now Baroda, Gujarat, India)
Date of Death 13 February 2024
Place of Death Vadodara, Gujarat
Age 95 Years
Death Cause Age-related ailments
Zodiac sign Scorpio
Nationality • British Indian (1928-1947)
• Indian (1947-2024)
Hometown Vadodara, Gujarat
School Maharani Chimnabai High School, Vadodara
Relationships & More
Marital Status (at the time of death) Married
Wife/Spouse Name Not Known
Children Son– Anshuman Gaekwad (former Test cricketer)
Daughter– 3 (Names Not Known)
Parents Father– Krishnarao Gaekwad
Mother– Name Not Known
Others Grandson– Shatrunjay Gaekwad (crickter)


India's oldest test cricketer

India's Oldest Test Cricketer Passes Away

On February 13, India’s oldest Test cricketer and former captain Dattajirao Gaekwad passed away due to age-related issues. Gaekwad is the father of former India cricketer and coach Aunshuman Gaekwad. He was 95.

He played his early cricket for Bombay University and the Maharaja Sayaji University in Baroda. Gaekwad made his Test debut in the first Test of 1952 tour of England, in Leeds. Gaekwad opened the innings for India despite never having done so before the tour. Gaekwad was one among four victims dismissed for no score in the 2nd innings of the Test. Gaekwad West Indies tour in the next year was terminated during the 2nd Test when Gaekwad collided with Vijay Hazare while going for a catch and dislocated his shoulder.

Some Facts About Dattajirao Gaekwad

Facts About Dattajirao Gaekwad

  • Gaekwad was athletic since childhood and developed an interest in cricket when he was seven.
  • He was related to the Royal family of Baroda. At the age of 11, Gaekwad was called upon by the royal family to stay at Laxmi Vilas Palace, Baroda as a companion to Prince Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad.
  • At 12, Gaekwad started training under cricketer CS Nayudu. It was Nayudu who launched under-14 and under-16 tournaments in Baroda.
  • Dattajirao talent in cricket was 1st recognized during inter-university cricket competitions, where Dattajirao initially represented Bombay University, before moving to play for Maharaja Sayajirao University upon its establishment.
  • Dattajirao served as the Deputy comptroller to the Baroda state.
  • He went on to become the first captain of Maharaja Sayajirao University’s cricket team.

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