30 July, 2021

Daybreak At Lord’s

Drawn from the iconic C.K. Nayudu’s compendious scrapbooks, this is the story of India’s first England tour, and its first ever Test match

Daybreak At Lord’s

After three unofficial tours to England in 1886, 1888 and 1911, and within three years of the formation of the Board of Control for Cricket in India in 1928, the Indians toured England to play their first ever Test match. The year rhymes with the present year: it was 1932. And as has always been the case with Indian cricket since, selection immediately courted controversy. The Maharaja of Patiala, one of the richest patrons of Indian cricket, was first named captain. He later stepped down on health grounds and was replaced by the Maharaja of Porbander, who, with an average of 0.66, was undoubtedly the worst player of the touring party. He too eventually stepped down in favour of C.K. Nayudu, who captained the team at the only Test at Lord’s on June 25, 1932.

This is how the selection was described by the Times of India, “A popular item of discussion in cricket circles across the country is the official announcement of the selection, which takes place in the evening of February 4 (1932). The selection committee will...

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