As the first Indian to play for England in 1896, K S Ranjitsinhji made his test match debut at Old Trafford stadium against Australia. Beginning his cricket career as a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, Ranjitsinhji progressed to play for Sussex in 1895 where he became team captain four years later. In 1899, he was the first cricketer to score 3,000 runs in one season, a feat he repeated in 1900. This song, written by Charles T West, elevates Ranji to ‘King’ of cricket – highlighting his dual ability in both the field and at the wicket.
His partnership with fellow Sussex cricketer C B Fry was one of the most successful in cricket history. A champion batsman and affectionately known as Ranji, he captured the public imagination and was worshipped by his fans. Cigarette cards and other souvenirs featured his image and songs were written in his praise. Over his 27-year career in test cricket he scored over 24,600 runs, including 72 centuries, and took 133 wickets.