Vasant Raiji, who played in first-class cricket for Bombay and Baroda in 1938-50, celebrates his 100th birthday on Republic Day, 2020:
A news item from 26 Jan 2020:
Among other things, he wrote some cricket-related books including a biography of one-Test player LP Jai.
At this stage, it is worth looking at the oldest first-class cricketers from all countries. This is one of the subjects where Wikipedia is more useful than Cricinfo:
From this, we can see that Mr Raiji is the 24th first-class cricketer to cross 100.
The only other player from India is the better known DB Deodhar, who lived to be 101+.
The only Test player to cross 100 was the South African bowler N Gordon, 103+ :
All of his 5 Tests were in the 1938-39 SA v Eng series, including the famous timeless Test:
Meanwhile, we look at other long-lived Test players.
The longest-lived Test players of all time:
New Zealand’s Eric Tindill is the only other Test player to cross 99. India’s representative is MJ Gopalan at 94+.
In case you are thinking of the strange case of C Ramaswami, it is now generally accepted that he died in Jan 1990 at 93+ :
Interestingly, Wisden carried his obituary in the 2015 edition only in the “supplementary obituaries” section. This included the obituaries of some who were killed in the Great War and had somehow not been covered by Wisden until then. Better late (by 100 years) than never.
The oldest living Test cricketers are here:
This is led by South Africa’s John Watkins (96+) while India’s representative is DK Gaekwad (91+), captain of the 1959 team and father of AD Gaekwad.
Some of these lists are also in Cricinfo but they are not updated frequently. For instance, the list of oldest-lived Test players
includes at least two (CK Singh of WI and Rajinder Pal of India) whose deaths have been reported elsewhere.
Another long-lived Indian FC player was BK Garudachar, who celebrated his 99th birthday soon before he died in 2016: