Cotar Ramaswami      

Full name Cotar Ramaswami

Born June 16, 1896, Madras (now Chennai)

Died January 1990, India (aged 93 years)

Major teams India, Madras

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm bowler

Other Administrator

Relation Brother - M Venkataramanjulu, Brother - M Baliah, Son - C Ramaswaroop

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 2 4 1 170 60 56.66 0 1 1 0 0
First-class 53 92 9 2400 127* 28.91 2 12 33 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 53 1691 992 30 4/29 33.06 3.51 56.3 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v India at Manchester, Jul 25-28, 1936 scorecard
Last Test England v India at The Oval, Aug 15-18, 1936 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1915/16 - 1941/42

In 1985, at the age of 89, Cotar Ramaswami left his home in Madras and has never been seen or heard of since. Although his whereabouts have never been confirmed, Wisden list him as "death unknown" and his family knew little except that he didn't want to be a burden to them. Tall and sturdy, Ramaswami was one of the few double internationals. He played in the Davis Cup in the 1920s and then represented India in two Tests on the tour of England in 1936. He was one of the surprise selections for the trip and as he put it modestly in his autobiography Ramblings of a Games Addict he had been chosen "for reasons other than cricket" as he had become "bulky and slow". But his performances on the tour suggest otherwise. Not only did he score 737 runs (average 30.70) in first-class games but he also topped the Test averages ahead of such contemporaries as Vijay Merchant, Mushtaq Ali and CK Nayudu. He made his debut in the second Test at Old Trafford and at the age of 40 years, 37 days, the second oldest Indian to make a debut. He scored 40 and 60 to help India draw the game and then in the final Test at the Oval he made two more valuable contributions of 29 and 41 not out to finish with 170 runs at 56.66.

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