November 22, 2002

CS Nayudu passes away

Staff Reporter

CS Nayudu, the great cricketer of the Holkar era and younger brother of India's first Test captain CK Nayudu, passed away at a hospital in Indore early Friday morning. The 88-year-old Nayudu was ailing for some time. He leaves behind two sons and two daughters.

Born on April 18, 1914 at Nagpur, Cottari Subbanna Nayudu or 'CS' as he was known, made his Test debut at the relatively young age of 19 years and 262 days againt England at Calcutta. He went on play 11 Tests in all (four against Australia and seven against England) scoring 147 runs at 9.18 while also claiming two wickets at 179.5. He was, though, a much better players than his record suggests.

In Ranji Trophy, he played for Central India, Baroda, Holkar, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in 56 matches, scoring 2575 runs at 30.29 and claiming 295 wickets at 23.47 by bowling his right-arm leg breaks and googlies. In 1944-45, he bowled 156.5 six-ball overs for Holkar against Mumbai which remains a record for the highest number of overs in a first-class match to date.

His cremation will take place in the evening. The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association officials and the cricketing fraternity of Madhya Pradesh have condoled his death.