Duleepsinhji

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Kumar Shri Duleepsinhji
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Personal information
Full name Kumar Shri Duleepsinhji
Born (1905-06-13)13 June 1905
Nawanagar State, Kathiawar, British India
Died 5 December 1959(1959-12-05) (aged 54)
Bombay, Bombay State, India
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm leg break
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 238) 15 June 1929 v South Africa
Last Test 18 August 1931 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Years Team
1924–1931 Sussex
1925–1928 Cambridge University
1928–1929 Hindus
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 12 205
Runs scored 995 15,485
Batting average 58.52 49.95
100s/50s 3/5 50/64
Top score 173 333
Balls bowled 6 1,835
Wickets 0 28
Bowling average 48.03
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 4/49
Catches/stumpings 10/– 256/–
Source: Cricinfo, 1 October 2009

Duleepsinhji usually referred to as Kumar Shri Duleepsinhji or K. S. Duleepsinhji (13 June 1905 – 5 December 1959) was a cricketer who played for England. He was educated at the Rajkumar College, Rajkot, India and Cheltenham College, Gloucestershire, England.

Career[edit]

He was born in Kathiawar (present day Gujarat state), one of the Princely States, in India. While he was still playing school cricket, the future President of the MCC, HS Altham, wrote of him in Wisden: "In natural gifts of eye, wrist and footwork he is certainly blest far above the ordinary measure... there is no doubt about the judgment and certainty with which he takes toll of straight balls of anything but the most immaculate length. His late cutting is quite beautiful and there is a certain ease and maturity about all his batting methods that stamps him as of a different class from the ordinary school batsman." Duleepsinhji went on to achieve great success as a batsman for Cheltenham College, Cambridge University, Sussex and eventually England in a career cut short by recurrent illness. His Test average of 58.5 ranks him among the best batsmen to have played Test cricket.

Following his playing career, and based on his experience as High Commissioner of India in Australia and New Zealand, Duleepsinhji was made Chairman of the Public Service Commission in the State of Saurashtra after his return to India. As Maharaja of Navanagar (Jamnagar) he took lot of interest in the well being of his subjects and the State governing.

The photo shows one of Duleepsinhji's routine visits to a village near Junagadh in Saurashtra State to see the condition of living of the local people. He is being given the traditional welcome by the villagers by drum beating and pipe music.

Duleepsinhji also visited the first and the only public utility thermal power station in the State, at that time located at Shapur Sorath, near a village Vanthly (near Junagadh). As this power station was using crushed coal as fuel for boilers and chlorination for the cooling water system, which normally polluted the local atmosphere; he wanted to see personally the working conditions and the amenities provided for the villagers housing and the recreation facilities.

Duleepsinhji died on 5 December 1959 in Bombay (now Mumbai). The Duleep Trophy is named in his honour. His uncle Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji, after whom the Ranji Trophy is named, also played cricket for England.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Harold Gilligan
Sussex county cricket captain
1931–1932
Succeeded by
R. S. G. Scott