Full name Kumar Shri Duleepsinhji

Born June 13, 1905, Sarodar, Kathiawar, India

Died December 5, 1959, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, India (aged 54 years 175 days)

Major teams England, Cambridge University, Hindus, Sussex

Also known as Jawansinhji Jadeja Duleepsinhji, Smith

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Relation Uncle - KS Ranjitsinhji, Cousin - KSG Limbdi, Nephew - Suryaveer Singh, Nephew - KS Indrajitsinhji, Nephew - Hanumant Singh

Kumar Shri Duleepsinhji
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 12 19 2 995 173 58.52 3 5 1 10 0
First-class 205 333 23 15485 333 49.95 50 64 256 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 12 1 6 7 0 - - - 7.00 - 0 0 0
First-class 205 1835 1345 28 4/49 48.03 4.39 65.5 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Birmingham, Jun 15-18, 1929 scorecard
Last Test England v New Zealand at Manchester, Aug 15-18, 1931 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1924 - 1932

Wisden Obituary
Kumar Shri Duleepsinhji, who died from a heart attack in Bombay on December 5, 1959, aged 54, was among the best batsmen ever to represent England, and certainly one of the most popular. Ill-health limited his first-class career to eight seasons, but in that time he scored 15,485 runs, including 50 centuries, at an average of 49.95. A remarkably good slip fieldsman, he brought off 256 catches. "Duleep" or "Mr. Smith," as he was affectionately known in cricketing circles, was in the Cheltenham XI from 1921 to 1923, and when captain in the last year headed the batting figures with an average of 52.36, his highest innings being 162. He also met with considerable success as a leg-break bowler, and in 1922 was top of the averages with 50 wickets at 13.66 runs each, but he rarely bowled after leaving school. During this time HS Altham, the present President of MCC, wrote of him in Wisden: "In natural gifts of eye, wrist and footwork he is certainly blest far above the ordinary measure... there is no doubt about the judgment and certainty with which he takes toll of straight balls of anything but the most immaculate length. His late cutting is quite beautiful and there is a certain ease and maturity about all his batting methods that stamps him as of a different class from the ordinary school batsman." The accuracy of this estimate of his qualities was borne out when in 1925 he went up to Cambridge. He got his Blue as a Freshman, scoring 75 in the University match, and also played against Oxford in 1926 and 1928. Illness kept him out of the side for most of the 1927 season.

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Apr 1, 1935

KS  Duleepsinhji bats in the nets

KS Duleepsinhji bats in the nets

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KS  Duleepsinhji

KS Duleepsinhji

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KS Duleepsinhji

KS Duleepsinhji

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1930