Former first-class cricketer Raghunath Chandorkar became one of the most elite cricketers of the century, completing a unique landmark. Raghunath Chandorkar turned hundred years old on Saturday, becoming only the third Indian cricketer to complete a century of birthdays. The former veteran cricketer could not represent India sadly, plying his trade only in a handful of first-class games.
Raghunath Chandorkar was part of the first-class side of Maharasthra from 1943-44 to 1946-47 and Bombay in 1950-51. The keeper-batsman managed 155 runs in seven fixtures with the best score of 37 while also affecting two stumpings and taking two catches. Surprisingly, the Maharashtra-born cricketer also picked up two wickets in the first-class circuit.
The world’s oldest living first cricketer is New Zealand’s Alan Burgess. Alan Burgess was born on the 1st of May in 1920, having played first-class cricket for Canterbury from 1940 to 1952. Burgess featured in 14 fixtures from which he scored 466 runs with the best score of 61, averaging 22.19 along with two fifties. He also snapped 16 wickets with a solitary five-wicket haul.
Raghunath Chandorkar joins DB Deodhar and Vasant Raiji:
Raghunath Chandorkar joins DB Deodhar and Vasant Raiji, both of who passed away in 1993 and 2020 respectively. They are the only ones apart from Chandorkar to celebrate 100 birthdays.