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Tuesday, January 5, 2010


This coveted trophy has a long history and this is the man behind.

The domestic premier tournament Ranji trophy is on and Karnataka was in a dominant position at Chinnaswamy stadium due to double ton of Rahul Dravid against UP which is making a bid for third consecutive final. At Brabourne stadium, backed by a formidable first innings total, Mumbai were dictating Delhi.

For those who do know history much, Ranji Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket championship played in India between different city and state sides, equivalent to the County Championship in England and the Sheffield Shield in Australia. The competition is named after Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji (Jam Sahib of Nawanagar, also known as "Ranji") This Indian King born on 10/9/1872 played in Tests for the English Cricket team and also first-class cricket for Cambridge University, and county cricket for Sussex. Neville Cardus describing him as "the Midsummer night's dream of cricket". Unorthodox in technique and with fast reactions, he brought a new style to batting and revolutionised the game. Previously batsmen generally pushed forward; Ranji took advantage of the improving pitches of the time and relied on a back and across defensive stroke and played elegant strokes off the back foot in attack. He had a strong late cut and is noted for his popularisation or invention of the leg glance. The first-class cricket tournament in India, the Ranji Trophy, was named in his honour and inaugurated in 1935 by the Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala.

He is in news again – this time due to a burglary that took palce at Jamnagar in which antiques worth over Rs. 4 crores including a cricket bat of the Maharaj were stolen. This occurred at the ancestral palace of the erstwhile rulers of Jamnagar state. The robbery came to light when security personnel of the Jam Bungalow informed police about the missing items, especially those belonging to Ranjitsinji. The loss could have taken place anytime during last fortnight. The present owner of the bungalow -- Jam Shatusaliaji, who is a descendant of Ranjits do not live there and the bungalow had remained closed.

In property insurance, generally Insurers do not pay for claims occurring  in places remaining unoccupied for more than 7 consecutive days

With regards – S Sampathkumar.

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