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LOT 20 - The (First) All Indian Team, 1911

  • The All Indian Team undertook the ‘first official tour’ of Britain in 1911. Although the team did not play any Test matches (India were not granted Test status until 1927) they played first-class games against top county sides. After several aborted attempts, including 1904 and 1910 this All India Team captained by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala (then still in his teens) undertook the first official tour of Britain in 1911. A truly historic event for Indian cricket. A seven-man committee selected the team and the tour was financed by donations from several ruling princes as well as merchant houses. The historic tour began on June 1, 1911 against Oxford University. The visitors lost the match by eight wickets. The team in all played 23 matches, of which 14 were given first-class status, the Indians winning two of them – against Leicestershire and Somerset. 
    HH Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, aged 19 captained the side even though he was the youngest in the squad. Official work, other than cricket, kept him busy, meaning he appeared in just three matches during the tour. He later went on to become Indian cricket’s chief patron and was instrumental in donating the Ranji Trophy to the Indian cricket board. On the field then Dr. Hormasaji Dorabji Kanga aged, 31 who played with distinction for the Parsis from 1899 to 1921 in the Bombay tournaments, with a highest score of 233 against the Europeans in Pune in 1905-06 led the side in absece of the Maharaja of Patiala. He was one of the more successful batsmen on this tour scoring 617 runs at 28.04. His only century – 163 against Leicestershire – gave the visitors their first win in a first-class match in England. Source: Wisden India.

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