October 31, 2018, marks the 123rd birth anniversary of India’s first-ever captain Cottari Kanakaiya Nayudu a.k.a. CK Nayudu.
Nayudu was born on October 31, 1895 Bara Bada Nagpur. He is the person that led India in their first-ever Test at Lord’s in 1932. During the run of play, he encountered a hand injury while fielding but Nayudu top scored with 40 in the 1st innings.
He played a total of seven international matches for India, scoring a total number of 350 runs at an average of 25. He also took nine scalps. The right-hand batsman, however, went on to play 207 first-class matches scoring 11,825 runs with a healthy average of 35.94. He has hit a total number of 26 centuries and 58 half-centuries. with this Nayudu also picked up 411 wickets with his off-breaks.
He played an inspiring innings in 1926 when the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) toured India. He hit 153 runs in 116 minutes. He played his last first-class match at the age of 62 in the 1963-64 season.
The right-handed batsman was also honored with the Padma Bhushan in 1956 and eventually, the award is also named after him.
Interestingly, He was the 1st player to promote a brand — Bathgate Liver Tonic in 1941.
While people often question the commitments of player off the field and how much they spend time in front of the camera, Nayudu was the face of a company as early as pre-independence.
October 31, the birth anniversary is shared with Ish Sodhi, New Zealand’s spinner and other facts include former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad also achieved milestones on this day. where In 1976, Miandad became the youngest man to hit a Test double century scoring 206 against New Zealand in Karachi in only his third Test, the feat was achieved at an age of 19 years and 141 days.