Full name Hanumant Singh
Born March 29, 1939, Banswara, Rajasthan
Died November 29, 2006, Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai (aged 67 years 245 days)
Major teams India, Madhya Bharat, Rajasthan
Also known as Maharajkumar of Banswara
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
|Test debut||India v England at Delhi, Feb 8-13, 1964 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v New Zealand at Mumbai (BS), Sep 25-30, 1969 scorecard|
|First-class span||1956/57 - 1978/79|
|List A span||1973/74 - 1974/75|
|Test debut||Zimbabwe v England at Bulawayo, Dec 18-22, 1996 scorecard|
|Last Test||Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Chittagong, Nov 15-19, 2001 scorecard|
|ODI debut||West Indies v Australia at Bridgetown, Mar 8, 1995 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v South Africa at Sydney, Feb 8, 2002 scorecard|
Hanumant Singh lived regally and generously. He was born a prince and batted like one, though it enabled him to play only 14 Tests, which was too few for one with his abundant talent. Those of us who relished his association and friendship knew that Hanumant was always courteous, ever smiling and blessed with a delightful sense of humour. He detested bores and pretenders, though he was too gentle to tell them so. He kept clear of them.
He fulfilled many roles in the game, though he would have wanted an extended Test career. Who would not? He was magnanimous enough to say that what turned out to be his final Test - against New Zealand at Bombay in 1969-70 - was thrust upon him. "I was not at my best and was mentally not there."
Disillusionment had crept in after he had missed the twin tours to Australia and New Zealand in 1967-68. Perhaps too much was expected of him after scoring a century on his Test debut, against England in 1963-64 at Delhi; he never repeated the feat. He brought out the best in others. Another mild-mannered cricketer, the left-hander Ambar Roy, was among the reserves during the Bombay Test against New Zealand in 1964-65. Hanumant had been in indifferent form and Roy was told by the national selector from the East Zone that, if Hanumant failed in the second innings, he would be in for the next Test. Roy confided later: "I knew Hanumant was a better player and I hated the idea that I would replace him. I prayed for his success. He made an unbeaten 75."
Hanumant served as national selector, manager of the national side and was on the panel of ICC match referees.
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