Leading India in the embryonic years was akin to wearing a crown of thorns. For one thing the opposition was always going to be formidable given the IndiansĂ‚Â’ lack of experience.
And it was left to CK Nayudu to lead the `babesĂ‚Â’ of international cricket in the first two series. As if this was not tough enough, there were divisions in Indian cricket along the lines of allegiance or on communal lines. And yet Nayudu, by sheer force of personality and on the reputation of being the great Indian cricketer of the time did an admirable job while being at the helm of affairs.
It was a task that resembled Mission Impossible but undaunted Nayudu led from the front, gave Md Nissar and Amar Singh full scope to exhibit their skills, placed attacking fields and made shrewd bowling changes and impressed even the severest of critics by his deep knowledge and understanding of various aspects of the game.
Captaincy record: Tests led 4, won 0, lost 3, drawn 1.
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