Tour of England
1936Captain: Maharajkumar of Vizianagram
India’s second official Test tour
Test-playing tour of England
- September 1936)
The Maharaja of Patiala sent his agent Frank Tarrant
to Australia in January
1935 to arrange for an Australian side under Jack Ryder to play the Indian
team in 1935-36, which would help prepare the team for the three-Test trip to England in
1936.India employed three captains in
the four unofficial Tests against the Australians: the Yuvraj of Patiala in
the first match, then CK Nayudu in the second, and Wazir Ali in the last two.
Under any of these captains, the tour would have run
more smoothly but Vizzy – also one of the selectors – ensured that he led the
side, including leading India
in the Test matches.
Vizzy fell out with the natural on-field leader C K
Nayudu and team members split into Nayudu’s or Vizzy’s camp.Self-interest took precedence over team
spirit, and the machinations saw Lala Amarnath, arguably the best cricketer in
the side, sent home for indiscipline.
India might have won the first Test match at Lord’s
after gaining a first innings lead, but succumbed to the pace bowling of
Allen and spin of Verity, being dismissed for only 93 runs. In the second Test
match an opening stand of 203 between Merchant and Mushtaq Ali who both made
centuries secured a creditable draw, while the third Test was lost heavily.
Jilani, Shute Banerjee, Mohammad Nissar, Morappakkam Gopalan.
S N Banerjee
M J Gopalan
D D Hindlekar
S Mohammad Hussain
L P Jai
M Baqa Khan Jilani
K R Meherhomji
V M Merchant
S Mushtaq Ali
C K Nayudu
P E Palia
Maharajkumar of Vizianagram
S Wazir Ali
Mohammad Hussain, Mohammad Nissar, Vizianagram and Wazir Ali did
not take part in the 1935-36 Ranji Trophy
C: Central (5), E: East (1), N: North (4), S: South (3), W: West
Ranji Trophy teams
Bn - Bengal
- Central India (2)
Ms - Madras
N Ind - Northern India
S Pj- South Punjab
U Pv -United Provinces (2)
W Ind - Western
Ranji Trophy was launched in the 1934-35 season.
Average age ofteam at time of first Test match
(27 June 1936) :
Appearances made before the tour
C K Nayudu 4, Wazir Ali 4, Amar Singh 4, Amarnath 3, Merchant 3, Nissar 3, Mushtaq Ali 2, C S Nayudu 2, Dilawar 2, Gopalan 1, Jai 1, Palia 1, Jahangir 1, Amir Elahi 0, Banerjee 0, Hindlekar 0, Hussain 0, Jilani 0, Meherhomji 0, Ramaswamy 0, Maharajkumar of Vizianagram 0.
R J Brittain-Jones
S M Hadi
W H Ferguson
Dr H D Kanga resigned from
the selection panel because of princely interference and Sir Chunlal Mehta,
Mr Justice Salamuddin and S E West felt unable to accept the Board's
invitation to join the selection committee.
The selectors were the Nawab
of Bhopal (President
of the Indian Board and chairman of the selectors), the Nawab of Pataudi
and K S Duleepsinhji, whose place was taken by the Maharajkumar of
Vizianagram.Duleepsinhji could not
come to India
to accept his invitation to serve as a selector so Vizzy took his place.
On 29 October 1935 the Nawab
of Pataudi, who had accepted the 1936 tour captaincy, withdrew owing to poor
health. The only other realistic (that is, royal) candidate was the Yuvraj of
Patiala. That CK Nayudu, the best player in India,
refused to play at Lahore against the 1935-36
Australians implied that he would not play under any captain other than Patiala. But the
Maharaja of Patiala withdrew his son's name, and that of his employee Wazir
Ali, saying "I cannot let the name of Patiala be associated with what is
happening now." Maharaj Kumar of Vizianagram was then appointed and so
achieved the captaincy over Nayudu.Vizzy won the votes of 10 of the states to Nayudu's 4.
"Ghulam Ahmed later had
the distinction of being the first Hyderabadi to play in the Test for India in 1948-49 against West
Indies. Though Nawab Mohd Hasan toured England in
1936 with the Indian team, he did not play a Test match. On that tour Hadi,
who was an assistant manager, played a first class match".[Source: The New Indian Express]
Unavailable: Yuvraj of Patiala.
selected The following played in the representative
matches against the 1935-36 AustraliansAbdul Aziz, J N Bhaya, K Bose, S V T Chari, S M Hadi, Masood Salahuddin, Mian Mohammad Saeed, S Mubarak Ali, J G Navle, M M Nayudu, D R Puri, A G Ram Singh, Shahabuddin.
Singh missed selection, according to Edward Docker’s "History of Indian Cricket", because of regional
factionalism by the North against the South, particularly Madras.
Tour Party Announced : 16 February 1936.
Gopalan was called upon to
play hockey for India in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, but he
chose the cricket tour to England
instead.Gopalan, Hindlekar, Jai, Merchant, Ramaswamy and Maharajkumar of Vizianagram
had not played in the 1935-36 representative matches.
Time between selection and departure from India
(16 February - 4 April)
‘Viceroy of India’
The team assembled at Bhopal
on 1 April as guests of the Nawab of Bhopal, except for S M Hussain who was
delayed caring for his sick mother.Hussain left Hyderabad by train on 2
April and joined the squad at Bombay.
The tour began with sailing from Bombay
on Saturday 4 April 1936 on the "Viceroy of India".
The ship reached Tilbury on 20 April and the team took the train to St
Pancras Station, London.Vizzy had left the ship at Marseilles
to travel overland and arrived in England four days previously.
Time spent in England
(20 April - 17 September)
None.Vizzy and the
manager made all the decisions. There was no vice-captain.
L N Amar Singh
M Dilawar Hussain
M Jahangir Khan
The Indian Board had made
prior arrangements to call upon Amar
Singh, a professional with Lancashire club Colne ; and with Jahangir Khan and Dilawar Hussain, who were both
studying at Cambridge
C S Nayudu
When Lala Amarnath was sent home, Nayudu’s younger brother, Subbanna, was
brought over to replace him.
S M Hadi, the tour treasurer, and a brother of S M Hussain, played in two
A P Freeman's XI
Lost 3 w
Lost 9 w
Lost 10 w
Lost 4 w
Middlesex (extra match)
Lost 1 w
Lost 7 w
Lost inns 151
Won inns 74
LOST 9 w
Won 10 w
Won 84 r
Lost inns 12
Lost 8 w
LOST 9 w
Won 2 r
Lost inns 202 r
Lost 8 w
† West Bridgford
Sir Julien Cahn's XI
H D G Leveson-Gower's XI
Won inns 76 r
† not first-class
Time spent in England
before First Test:
(20 April - 27 June)
appearances on tour
3 -Amar Singh, Jahangir Khan, Merchant, Mushtaq Ali, Nissar, C K Nayudu, Maharajkumar of Vizianagram, Wazir Ali.
2 -C S Nayudu,
1 -Dilawar, Gopalan, Hindlekar, Jai, Palia.
0 -Amarnath, Amir Elahi, Banerjee, Baqa Jilani,Hussain, Meherhomji.
•Opening the bowling in
the first Test at Lord’s, Amar Singh took six wickets for 35 runs.
•Faced with a first
innings deficit of 368 runs at Old Trafford, Merchant (114) and Mushtaq Ali
(112) put on a first wicket partnership of 203 runs in only 150 minutes.
•Merchant and Mushtaq, opening the batting again
at The Oval, each scored 52 in the first innings.
•Nayudu, struck by a
ball from Allen, refused to retire hurt and saved an innings defeat at The
•At Old Trafford Cota
Ramaswamy aged 40 years and 37 days was, and still is, India’s
Other first-class matches
Vizzy returned to India
on the 'Strathmore'.
C S Nayudu remained in England to study law. Jahangir Khan and Dilawar Hussain returned
to Cambridge University. Brittain-Jones also stayed in England.
The team left on the boat train from Victoria Station, London, on Thursday 17 September and caught their ship
home at Marseilles.They arrived at Bombay on the 'Elysia' on 1 October
Time away from India
(4 April to 1 October 1936)
The tour made an overall loss of £1000.
accounts of the tour
Amarnath Life and Times: The Making of a Legend" by
Rajinder Amarnath [Sportsbooks, 2007]