Who was Raghunath Chandorkar?

The name would not have been familiar even to sports writers in Mumbai until recently.

The basic information about his first-class career is here:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/player/raghunath-chandorkar-27863

Note that he has a younger brother, also a first-class cricketer, who is living at 87.

Now there is nothing remarkable about his cricket career (except perhaps that he played along with DB Deodhar and Vasant Raiji, the only other Indian f-c cricketers to cross 100). He played in 7 f-c matches.

In June 2020, he became India’s longest-living first class cricketer following the death of Vasant Raiji. Later in 2020 he celebrated his 100th birthday. Following the death of NZ player Alan Burgess in early 2021, Raghunath became the world’s oldest living first-class player.

This article seems to have the most recent picture of him:

https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/sports-news-raghunath-chandorkar-becomes-third-indian-cricketer-to-complete-a-century-of-birthdays/364928

This live link gives the list of all first-class players who lived to be over 100:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_oldest_cricketers

If he is still living a little more than a year from now he will become India’s longest-living f-c player (after Deodhar). By July 2026, he would have become the oldest such player from all countries, (after John Manners). On the way he would pass the record of N Gordon, the only Test player here who lived to be a little over 103.

He may not be fully aware of his and other’s records, as he has been a patient of Dr Alzheimer for some time. He lives in an old-age home in Mumbai.

Update: He died on Sep 5, 2021 at the age of 100 years and 288 days.

The oldest first-class cricketers-updated in July 2020

Anything written on this topic becomes obsolete soon when people drop off the list. Here we look at the Wikipedia list as it was on Jul 4, 2020:

Longest lived FC players-Jul 2020

Also the live link for later dates.:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_oldest_cricketers#Longest-lived_first-class_cricketers

We see that the longest lived player was John Manners of England (1914-2020) or 105+

From India there are centenarians in DB Deodhar (1892-1992, 101+) and Vasant Raiji (1920-2020, 100+).

As of today the only living first-class cricketer over 100 is Alan Burgess of New Zealand (1920-, 100+).

For a short period Vasant Raiji was the oldest living first-class cricketer (from Manners’s death on March 7, 2020 to his own demise on June 13 of the same year). He also wrote a number of cricket-related books.

The only Test player here is South Africa’s Norman Gordon (1911-2014, 103+). He played all his Tests in the SA-Eng series of 1938-39, including the Timeless Test at Durban.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Gordon

The world’s oldest living first class cricketer (March 2020)

See this updated list of the longest lived first-class cricketers:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_oldest_cricketers#Longest-lived_first-class_cricketers

Snapshot of this on 19 Mar 2020:

Oldest f-c cricketers

For several years John Manners was the oldest living first-class cricketer. He died on 7 March in England. After this the only living first class cricketer aged over 100 is Vasant Raiji of Mumbai, who turned 100 on 26 Jan this year.

And John Manners remains the oldest ever MALE first class cricketer.

There is an older FEMALE Test player still living in England:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eileen_Ash

Eileen Ash is going strong at 108+, being born on 30 Oct 1911 (a few months after Ronald Reagan). Links to various articles about her can be seen from her Wikipedia page given above.

The longest-living Indian first-class cricketer was Professor DB Deodhar (1892-1993) who lived to be 101/222. Mr Raiji could theoretically surpass this in September 2021.

Only one Test cricketer has crossed 100, South Africa’s Norman Gordon (1911-2014). Will take up long-lived Test cricketers shortly.

A related post:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2020/01/26/indias-oldest-living-first-class-cricketer/