Mumbai: Vijay Nayudu, grandson of India’s first Test captain CK Nayudu, passed away at a suburban hospital here on Wednesday due to prolonged illness. He was 79. He is survived by wife, a daughter and a son.
Nayudu captained MP and played 47 First-Class matches from 1960-61 to 1977-78, in which he scored 1926 [email protected], with one hundred and nine fifties, besides taking 35 wickets @26.51.He also played for Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy. When he led West Zone University, the legendary Sunil Gavaskar played under him and scored 246.
“He once scored 149 in a Ranji Trophy match at Jodhpur against top-class spinners like Salim Durrani and CG Joshi,” an old-timer told TOI.
While he was born in Indore and played First-Class cricket for MP, Nayudu had a strong Mumbai connection, and was a Borivli resident, where his father worked as a school teacher. He played for the Bombay Schools team, St Xavier’s college team, and then for Bombay Gymkhana and Indian Oil in local cricket in Mumbai. He played for Bombay Gymkhana till he was well past 60. “Back in 1986, he gave me a job at Indian Oil, where he was my first captain. Like his grandfather, he was a hard-hitting batter. I was just 18 when I joined Indian Oil, and learnt many useful things about batting from him, which helped me throughout my career,” former Mumbai wicketkeeper and coach Sulakshan Kulkarni told TOI.

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