Indore honours veteran cricketer for whom CK Nayudu defied Holkar Maharaja
BHOPAL/INDORE: Seventy years after the famous Holkar team created a world record of 912 runs in an innings, the city felicitated Rameshwar Pratap Singh who was one of the six to hit centuries in the innings.
Holkar was playing against Mysore in the Ranji Trophy semi-final in 1945-46. Rameshwar Pratap Singh was on the crease, having already scored a half-century.
Maharaja Yashwant Rao Holkar, who was the ruler of Indore state, asked legendary captain and cricketer CK Nayudu to declare the innings. But Nayudu refused.
The reason was Rameshwar Pratap Singh was still on the crease, having reached 80. Nayudu said that Singh must be allowed to complete his century. Singh reached his hundred. It became a historic match.
Holkar ended with 912 and six batsmen having scored centuries in the match, which is remembered across the world, by cricket lover and those with interest in statistics.
Holkar won the match by an innings and 213 runs. Later, it also beat Baroda in final to become Ranji Champion.
91-year-old Rameshwaar Pratap Singh was honoured by MP Cricket Association and given Life Time Achievement in Indore on Monday.
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, MPCA Chairan Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sanjay Jagdale were present. First photo is courtesy Bhaskar.com. Second photo courtesy Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA)