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The first captain of the India Test team was none other than the great cricket legend, Sir Donald Bradman. He led the team in its inaugural Test match against England in 1932. Since then, India has had many great captains, including the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, and Virat Kohli. But Sir Donald Bradman will always be remembered as the first captain of India’s Test team.
CK Nayudu was the first captain of the Indian Test team. He played for India in 32 Tests from 1926 to 1937. He was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off-spin bowler.
Nayudu was born in Kolhapur, Maharashtra on 16 October 1895. His father, Chintaman Rao, was a district magistrate. Nayudu studied at Elphinstone College in Mumbai (then Bombay). He made his debut for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy in 1915–16. He also played first-class cricket for Central Provinces and Berar and Holkar.
Nayudu made his Test debut against England at Lord’s in 1926. He scored 62 runs in the first innings and helped India to a draw. In his next Test, against Australia at Melbourne, he top-scored with 67 in the first innings as India won by 158 runs – their first Test victory.
Nayudu scored 1,261 runs at an average of 36.75 in 32 Tests. He hit two centuries – 119 against England at Chennai in 1933 and 102 not out against New Zealand at Christchurch in 1932–33. He captained India in 15 Tests, winning five and losing four (with six draws).
In 1932, Ranjitsinhji was named the first captain of the Indian Test team. He played 32 Tests for India between 1932 and 1952, captaining the side on 15 occasions. A stylish batsman, he was one of the finest players of spin bowling. He also played first-class cricket for Cambridge University, England and Sussex. After his retirement from cricket, he served as a member of the Indian parliament.
Nayudu was an aggressive batsman and a successful bowler who captained the Indian Test team in its first ever Test match. He was a member of the Indian cricket team that toured England in 1932, and played three Test matches. Nayudu scored 995 runs in first-class cricket at an average of 56.94, and took six wickets at an average of 36.50.
In 1951-52, India played their first ever Test series against England. The series was played in England and consisted of five Tests. India were led by their first Test captain, Lala Amarnath.
Amarnath was a very experienced cricketer, having made his Test debut for India back in 1933. He was also familiar with English conditions, having played county cricket for several years. Under his leadership, India managed to win the series 3-1, with one match drawn.
It was a historic achievement for India, and one that Amarnath played a huge role in. He scored over 400 runs in the series at an average of nearly 50, including two centuries. He also picked up 13 wickets with his handy off-spin bowling.
After the series, Amarnath remained captain of the Indian Test team for several more years. During his tenure as captain, India enjoyed considerable success against England and other top cricketing nations. He retired from Test cricket in 1952 with a batting average of nearly 40 and a bowling average of under 30.
In 1932, India played their first Test match against England at Lord’s. The Indian team was led by CK Nayudu, who was also the first captain of the Indian team to play in Australia.
Nayudu was a world-class batsman and India’s most experienced player at the time. He led the side in all five Test matches on the tour, including the famous ‘Bodyline’ series.
Under his captaincy, India recorded their first ever Test win, defeating England by eight wickets at Melbourne in December 1933.
Nayudu retired from international cricket in 1934 but continued to play first-class cricket until 1947. He passed away in 1967 at the age of 71.
The first captain of India’s Test team was CK Nayudu, who led the team in their inaugural Test match against England in 1932. He was a gifted batsman and an outstanding fielder, and under his leadership, India recorded their first ever Test victory. Unfortunately, he was forced to retire from cricket due to ill health just two years later. Nevertheless, he will always be remembered as a pioneer of Indian cricket and an inspiration to future generations of players.
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