Today is a day to remember in the annals of Indian cricket:
On February the 9th back in 1964, Hanumant Singh, born on March 29, 1939 in the then British-Raj province of Rajputana (now the state of Rajasthan) made his debut as a 25-year-old cricketer in Delhi in an India v. England Test Match when he scored over a century – 105 no less!
Thus, he became the fifth Indian to make a Test century on his debut, emulating the likes of Lala Amarnath, Deepak Shodhan, A. G. Kripal Singh and Abbas Ali Baig. Later that year, he reached 94 in his first Test against Australia, out of a total of 193.
Hanumant was initially educated at Welham Boys’ School in Dehradun. Later he completed his education at Daly College, Indore. He also has a Cricket Ground named after him at Daly College by the name Hanumant Oval.He was a team member of the Madhya Bharat cricket team. He was the second son of Chandraveer Singh, Maharawal of Banswara from 1944 to 1985, making him Maharajkumar (Prince) of Banswara. His mother was the sister of Kumar Shri Duleepsinhji, making him the grandnephew of Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji. His older brother, Suryaveer Singh, also played first-class cricket, as did his son, Sangram Singh. A cousin, K.S. Indrajitsinhji, also played in 4 Tests for India.
He served as an International Cricket Council match referee in 9 Tests and 54 ODI’s (One-Day Internationals) from March 1995 to February 2002. He was also chairman of the National Cricket Academy, based in Bangalore, and a coach for Rajasthan. Outside of cricket, he was an executive for State Bank of India.
Hanumant Singh died on November 29, 2006 at the age of 67 in Mumbai of lung and kidney failure, after contracting earlier on dengue fever and hepatitis B.
References: Wikipedia; On This Day Website
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