Maharaja of Patiala

Country: India
Born: October 12, 1891, Patiala, Punjab
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Died: March 23, 1938, Patiala, Punjab, (aged 46y 162d)

Maharaja of Patiala Bio

Bhupendrasingh Rajindersingh, more commonly known as the Maharaja of Patiala, was a prominent figure in Indian cricket history, serving as a player, administrator, and benefactor to the sport. Born in 1891, he inherited the title of Maharaja of Patiala in 1900 and was known for his opulence and lavish lifestyle.

Beyond his position as a Maharaja, Bhupendrasingh Rajindersingh was a man of many talents. He rose to fame not only for his remarkable cricketing skills but also for his key role in shaping the early landscape of Indian cricket. While he came from a privileged background, Bhupendrasingh Rajindersingh stood out for his passion and genuine interest in the sport.

In addition to his cricketing career, the Maharaja played an active role in public life. During World War One, he served as part of the general staff, demonstrating his commitment to his country. He later represented India at the League of Nations and became the chancellor of the Indian Chamber of Princes from 1926 until his death in 1938. His contributions extended beyond cricket and were recognized by his continuous efforts to foster Indian unity and independence.

Bhupendrasingh Rajindersingh’s cricketing journey was just as remarkable. In 1911, he led the Indian cricket team on its first-ever tour of England, showcasing his leadership qualities and on-field prowess. He also had the rare privilege of playing for the prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) during their tour of India in 1926-27.

His love for the sport extended beyond personal achievements. In 1933, the Maharaja donated the Ranji Trophy, a first-class cricket competition, in honor of the renowned Indian cricketer KS Ranjitsinhji. This prestigious award is still contested today and holds great significance for Indian cricket.

Bhupendrasingh Rajindersingh’s dedication and enthusiasm for the game extended to his efforts in promoting international cricket in India. He was instrumental in organizing the first Australian cricket tour in 1935-36, bridging cultural gaps and showcasing the talent and passion of Indian cricketers to the world.

He played a pivotal role in the formation of the Indian cricket board and the Cricket Club of India, solidifying his position as a cricketing visionary. Despite deteriorating health, the Maharaja oversaw the construction of the iconic Brabourne Stadium in Bombay, envisioning it to become the “Lord’s of India.” A pavilion within the stadium was designated for his personal use and remains open to this day, a testament to his influence and dedication to the sport.

Bhupendrasingh Rajindersingh’s cricketing journey came to an end in 1938, ten weeks before his passing. However, his influence on Indian cricket continues to reverberate through time. His son, the Yuvraj of Patiala, followed in his father’s footsteps and represented India in one Test match in 1934.

The Maharaja’s contribution to Indian cricket has left an indelible mark on the sport’s history. From representing India on the international stage to his pivotal role in establishing infrastructure and creating opportunities for future generations of cricketers, Bhupendrasingh Rajindersingh will always be remembered as a pioneering figure in Indian cricket.

Maharaja of Patiala Career Stats

Maharaja of Patiala Batting Stats

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