25 October, 2020

The First Colossus

Adventure, beauty, power, resourcefulness characterised CK Nayudu's cricket. There will never be another like him

The First Colossus
Who is the greatest Indian cricketer of the century ? For me, undoubtedly Cottari Kankiya Nayudu. There are different orders of greatness. Some achieve greatness by sheer consistency of performance, some by spreading loveliness and beauty as they move along their path of glory. The former are super-technocrats and a side cannot do without them. The latter are super-artists who lift the game from, the rut to dizzy heights. Nayudu belonged to the second category.

Nayudu's greatness cannot be proved by statistics, or by computer rankings. Neville Cardus once called the scoreboard an ass. Had he been alive today, he would have perhaps called the computer a jackass. The attributes which marked out Nayndu's play - adventure, beauty, power, resourcefulness and individuality - cannot be represented by mere mathematical figures.

Over six feet tall, of athletic build and blessed with a sharp eye and strong and supple wrists, Nayndu was born to play cricket. His majestic personality was embodied in the way he played his cricket. His walk Tom the pavilion to the pitch has...


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