New Delhi: There have been very few cricketers in the history of cricket, who have played for their country in sports other than cricket. C Ramaswami of Tamil Nadu is also counted among these cricketers. Ramaswamy had played Davis Cup, the prestigious tournament of tennis, before taking on Test matches for India. Apart from C Ramaswamy and West Indies' Ralph Legal, he became the only cricketer to have played both Test cricket and Davis Cup tennis.
However, SM Hadi also came very close to achieving this feat. Hadi accompanied Ramaswamy on Team India's tour of England in 1936, but did not get the Test cap. C Ramaswamy was born on this day (16 June) in the year 1896 in Madras. Ramaswamy was known as the Father of South Indian Cricket. C Ramaswamy went missing from his home in Madras in 1985 at the age of 89. After his disappearance, he was neither seen anywhere nor his body was found. Wisden has also declared him 'dead'.
Let us tell you that C Ramaswamy made his Test debut against England in 1936 at the age of 40 years and 37 days. He is at the second position in the list of the oldest Indian players to make Test debut. R Jamsetji is the oldest Indian player to make his Test debut. He made his Test debut in the year 1933 at the age of 41 years and 27 days. Well c. Ramaswamy was able to take part in only 2 Test matches for India. During this, he scored 170 runs at an average of 56.66, which included a half-century. C Ramaswamy also played 53 first-class matches, in which he has 2400 runs to his name at an average of 28.91. Ramaswamy had scored two centuries and 12 half-centuries in first-class cricket.