3rd Test: Indian players wear black armbands in honour of ex-India captain Dattajirao Gaekwad

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RAJKOT: The Indian players who took to the field against England in the ongoing Third Test are sporting black armbands as a mark of respect for Dattajirao Gaekwad, former India captain and oldest Test cricketer who passed away on Tuesday.

Gaekwad, who was the former India Test captain and the country’s oldest living Test cricketer at the time of his passing, died at the age of 95. He played in 11 Tests and led the team during India’s tour of England in 1959. Under his captaincy, Baroda also won the Ranji Trophy in the 1957-58 season, beating Services in the final.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday took to X and announced that Team India will be wearing black armbands in memory of Dattajirao Gaekwad, former India captain and India’s oldest Test cricketer who passed away recently.

Meanwhile, India headed into the third day of the Test against England in Rajkot without star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who withdrew from the ongoing third Test against England with immediate effect due to a family medical emergency.

On Day 2, Ashwin took Zak Crawley’s wicket to reach 500 wickets in Tests. He became the ninth Test bowler in history to surpass 500 wickets, and the only Indian bowler to do so after Anil Kumble. (ANI)

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