Raj Singh Dungarpur

Raj Singh Dungarpur
Personal information
Full name Raj Singh Dungarpur
Born (1935-12-19)19 December 1935
Dungarpur, Rajasthan, India
Died 12 September 2009(2009-09-12) (aged 73)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Domestic team information
1955-56 Madhya Bharat
1956-57 to 1970-71 Rajasthan
1960-61 to 1967-68 Central Zone
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 86
Runs scored 1292
Batting average 15.20
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 44 not out
Balls bowled 10489
Wickets 206
Bowling average 28.84
5 wickets in innings 5
10 wickets in match 1
Best bowling 7/88
Catches/stumpings 59/0
Source: Cricinfo, 26 July 2014

Raj Singh Dungarpur (19 December 1935 12 September 2009) was a former president of Board of Control for Cricket in India. He played first class cricket for 16 years and was in and out of the Board of Control for more than 20 years. He was a selector of the national team for two terms. He also managed the Indian cricket team four times on overseas tours.

Raj Singh Dungarpur was the person who introduced Sachin Tendulkar to the world. He was chairman of the selection committee that selected him to tour Pakistan as a member of the Indian cricket team when he was just 16.[1] He is also credited for establishing the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.[2]


Maharaj Raj Singh was born in the erstwhile princely state of Dungarpur in Rajasthan (then called Rajputana) on 19 December 1935. He was the youngest son of Maharawal Lakshman Singhji, the ruler of Dungarpur. He has two brothers, namely, Jaisinghji and Mahipalsinghji, and three sisters, one of whom is the Maharani of Bikaner. He studied at Daly College, Indore. He had a long-standing friendship with Lata Mangeshkar, the legendary singer.[3]

He played for Rajasthan and Central Zone, appearing in 86 first class cricket matches from 1955 to 1971, taking 206 wickets as a medium-pace bowler. In Rajasthan's victory over Vidarbha in 1967-68 he took his best figures of 7 for 88 and 5 for 55.[4] He was appointed as the Manager of the Indian Cricket team on a number of occasions. He was also a keen wildlife enthusiast, and also a keen golfer.

He was also the president of Cricket Club of India for 13 years in Mumbai. He served as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India for two terms.[5] His last cricketing stint was as the manager of the Indian team to Pakistan recently.

He died on 12 September 2009 after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer's disease, in Mumbai. His funeral was held at Dungarpur.[6][7]


  1. "Raj Singh Dungarpur: A bachelor wedded to cricket". Sify.com. 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
  2. "His last words: Donald George Bradman". Daily News and Analysis. 13 September 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  3. Wisden 2010, p. 1678.
  4. Rajasthan v Vidarbha 1967-68
  5. "Former BCCI president Dungarpur dies". HeadlinesIndia. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
  6. "Raj Singh Dungarpur dies aged 73". Cricinfo. ESPN. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
  7. "Former BCCI chief Raj Singh Dungarpur dead". DNA. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
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