India’s Oldest Cricketer BK Garudachar passes away

Legendary pre-independence cricketer and skipper Bindiganavile Krishnaswamy Garudachar passed away in Bengaluru, Karnataka. He was 99.

At the time of his death, he was the oldest living Indian first-class cricketer who had represented Mysore, United province and Bombay first class cricket matches.

About BK Garudachar

  • Born as Bindiganavile Krishnaswamy Iyengar Garudachar on January 13, 1917 at Chikamagalur in Karnataka.
  • He had his cricket career in the 1930s and his first-class debut was in November 1935 playing for Mysore against Madras in the 1935–36 edition of the Ranji Trophy.
  • He was a right-arm leg-spin bowler who batted right-handed and had mostly played for several teams in Indian domestic cricket.
  • In his first-class cricket career spanning between 1935 and 1946, he had made 1,126 runs at an average of 29.63 from 27 matches with 1 century and 7 fifties.
  • He also had taken 100 wickets at an average of 26.20. He had captained Mysore team in Ranji Trophy.
  • In the last match of his career he appeared for the Cricket Club of India against a touring Commonwealth XI in October 1950.
  • Later after retiring from cricket he had remained involved with Mysore State Cricket Association (Now Karnataka State Cricket Association) in administrative roles.

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