The Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) celebrated the 125th birth anniversary of legendary cricketer and India’s first Test captain Col CK Nayudu at a simple function here on Saturday.
All the captains of VCA teams, men and women, garlanded the statue of Col. CK Nayudu which is situated in the premises of VCA Stadium, Civil Lines.
Adv Anand Jaiswal, president of VCA, while addressing the gathering said that, CK Nayudu was the first superstar of Indian cricket and such was his popularity that when Douglas Jardine of the Body Line fame, brought his MCC team to India in 1934, all teams that were to play against the MCC team requested participation of CK Nayudu in their teams so that the public could witness his batting skills.
CK Nayudu was well known for his power to hit huge sixes and was responsible for instilling pride in the Indian cricket team, said Jaiswal.
VCA has a very special connection with CK Nayudu as he played many matches at the Civil Lines Stadium, representing the ‘Hindu’ team in the quadrangular matches that were played in those days.
In the season 2019-20, the VCA U-23 team won the BCCI conducted Col CK Nayudu U-23 tournament.
Present during the function were honorary secretary of VCA Parimal Vaidya, CEO Farokh Dastoor and coaches and selectors of VCA.
The statue and its surrounding area have been beautified and lighted to give a very impressive look to the area.
MPCA also honours the first Test captain
Office bearers, managing committee members, members of MPCA, past and present cricketers and associates of MPCA assembled at the statue of Col CK Nayudu — located at the Nehru Stadium, Indore — this morning and fondly remembered the first Test captain of India.
The attendees celebrated the occasion by garlanding the statue of Col CK Nayudu, who was born on October 31, 1895 and commemorated this day in fond memories of this legendary cricketer.
It was a joyous moment and everybody took immense pride to be a part of this tradition followed religiously in Indore, the city that could closely witness the glory of this iconic cricketer who gave utmost pleasure to the millions of cricket lovers from India and abroad.