Full name Cottari Kanakaiya Nayudu

Born October 31, 1895, Nagpur, Maharashtra

Died November 14, 1967, Indore, Madhya Pradesh (aged 72 years 14 days)

Major teams India, Andhra, Central India, Central Provinces and Berar, Hindus, Holkar, Hyderabad (India), Rajputana, United Province

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Relation Brother - CL Nayudu, Brother - CR Nayudu, Brother - CS Nayudu, Son - CN Nayudu, Son - P Nayudu, Nephew - DD Govindraj, Grandson - VK Nayudu

Cottari Kanakaiya Nayudu
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 7 14 0 350 81 25.00 0 2 1 4 0
First-class 207 344 15 11825 200 35.94 26 58 170 1
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 7 10 858 386 9 3/40 3/40 42.88 2.69 95.3 0 0 0
First-class 207 25798 12038 411 7/44 29.28 2.79 62.7 12 2
Career statistics
Test debut England v India at Lord's, Jun 25-28, 1932 scorecard
Last Test England v India at The Oval, Aug 15-18, 1936 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1916/17 - 1963/64

Colonel Cottari Kanakaiya Nayudu, who died at Indore on November 14, aged 72, captained India in their first Test match with England. That was at Lord's in 1932 when, despite a painful hand injury received when fielding, Nayudu made top score, 40, in the first innings. With six centuries, the highest of which was 162 from the Warwickshire bowling, he headed the batting averages for all matches with 37.59 and took 79 wickets. He also played in three Tests against England in 1933-34 and three in the tour of 1936, when he again exceeded 1,000 runs and dismissed 51 batsmen in first-class fixtures. As a small boy he played for the Hislop Collegiate High School, Nagpur, whom he captained, and while still at school appeared for Modi, of which club he also became captain. In 1926-27 at Bombay, he gained prominence by hitting 153 (including eleven 6's and thirteen 4's) out of 187 in just over a hundred minutes for Hindus against A. E. R. Gilligan's M.C.C. team. Though never on the winning side in a Test match, he helped Vizianagram to inflict by 14 runs the only defeat of the tour upon D. R. Jardine's powerful M.C.C. side in 1933-34, taking four wickets for 21 runs in the second innings. Tall and well proportioned, Nayudu was specially strong in driving, bowled accurately at slow-medium pace and was a fine fielder. He also shone at hockey and association football.
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CK Nayudu, Portrait

CK Nayudu, Portrait

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(Left to right) Maharaja of Baroda Pratapsinhrao Gaekwad, C K Nayudu , Sardar Ghorpade and Syed Mushtaq Ali, 1947

(Left to right) Maharaja of Baroda Pratapsinhrao Gaekwad, C K Nayudu , Sardar Ghorpade and Syed Mushtaq Ali

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CK Nayudu in 1936, England, 1936

CK Nayudu in 1936

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1933