Datta Gaekwad

Country: India
Born: October 27, 1928, Baroda, Gujarat
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium, Legbreak

Datta Gaekwad Bio

Dattajirao Krishnarao Gaekwad, popularly known as DK Gaekwad, was a cricketer from India who represented the national team in Test matches from 1952 to 1961. Although his Test career lasted for almost a decade, Gaekwad only played in 11 Tests due to tough competition for places in the Indian middle order.

Born on February 19, 1928, in Baroda, Gaekwad was a right-handed batsman known for his solid defense and impressive driving abilities. He possessed a good technique and was a versatile fielder, making him a valuable asset to any team. However, despite his skills, Gaekwad struggled to establish himself as a regular member of the Indian team.

Gaekwad made his debut as an opening batsman in England in 1952. While he provided middle-order stability whenever given the opportunity, his sporadic appearances did little to boost his confidence. He demonstrated his capabilities during tours of the West Indies in 1953, England in 1959, and home series against Pakistan in 1952-53 and the West Indies in 1958-59.

In 1959, Gaekwad was appointed as the captain of the Indian team that toured England. However, he lacked the drive and assertiveness required to be a dynamic leader. Unfortunately, the tour ended in disappointment as India lost all five Tests and struggled even in the first-class matches. Despite the team’s struggles, Gaekwad showed courage and determination and managed to score 1174 runs at an average of 34.52 during the tour. However, his performance in the Tests was not as impressive, with his highest score being 52 against the West Indies in New Delhi in 1959.

Throughout his career, Gaekwad was a stalwart for Baroda, his domestic team. Representing them from 1947 to 1961, he became a pillar of strength for the side in the Ranji Trophy. Amassing 3139 runs at an impressive average of 47.56, Gaekwad recorded 14 centuries in his career. His highest score of 249 not out came against Maharashtra in the 1959-60 season. Besides, he also scored two double centuries and had notable performances like hitting 128 and 101 not out against Gujarat in the 1949-50 season.

Post his playing career, Gaekwad’s association with cricket continued through his son, Anshuman Gaekwad, who also went on to represent the Indian team. Gaekwad’s dedication and contribution to the game have left a lasting legacy in Baroda’s cricketing history.

Despite not achieving the success expected at the international level, DK Gaekwad’s talent and commitment to the sport were evident throughout his career. His contributions to Baroda cricket and his impressive domestic record have solidified his place in Indian cricket history.

Datta Gaekwad Career Stats

Datta Gaekwad Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 11 20 1 350 52 18.42 - - 0 1 - 0 5 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 110 172 13 5788 249* 36.4 - - 17 23 - - 49 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Datta Gaekwad Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 11 2 12 12 0 - - - 6 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 110 - 1904 1016 25 4/117 - 40.64 3.2 76.1 - 0 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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