Today is the 144th birth anniversary of Indian-born former England cricketer KS Ranjitsinhji. Let's take a look at some interesting trivia about the graceful batsman who invented the leg glance.
K S Ranjitsinhji. Pic courtesy: The Illustrated History of Indian Cricket
K S Ranjitsinhji was the first Indian to represent England. He made his Test debut for England on 16 July 1896 and scored an impressive 62 in the first innings and 154 not out in the second innings
He was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year for his performances in 1896
In the1899-cricket season in England, he scored 3,159 runs with 8 centuries to become the first batsman to pass 3,000 first-class runs in a season
He represented England in 15 Tests with a batting average of 44.95, scoring 2 hundreds and six fifties
On 31 August 1915, he lost an eye in a hunting accident that affected his cricket in the later part of his career as he found it difficul to focus on the ball properly with one eye.
Away from cricket, Ranjitsingh was Chancellor of the Indian Chamber of Princes; and represented India at the League of Nations
Ranjitsinhji became Maharaja Jam Sahib of Nawanagar in 1907
After his death, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) started the Ranji Trophy in 1934, with the first fixtures taking place in 1934–35