Newly installed as Jam Saheb of Nawanagar, Ranjitsinhji had hoped to find his troubles behind him, but he was to find himself in the wars both figuratively and literally. This episode tells of his off-field financial woes in the years leading up to the 1st World War, his service in the war, how an … More Episode 13 – Ranji in the Wars
Ranji was still capable of playing as well as ever in the years 1901 to 1904 but his form became erratic as outside influences caught up with him. He was dogged by money worries and was increasingly drawn in to intrigues about the Nawanagar succession. His England career ignobly petered out although he was still … More Episode 12 – The Playboy Prince
A Flash Outside The Off Stump was originally conceived as a dissertation project for my Public History MA. This week sees the deadline for handing the project in and there has been something of a hiatus in producing new episodes while I have been concentrating on the academic side of the project. However, the story … More Coming Soon – More Flashes Outside The Off Stump
This episode tells story behind the first West Indies tour to England in 1900. Cricket had been played in the Caribbean for many years and in the second half of the 19th century inter-colonial matches began to be played between the various British colonies. The 1890s saw three visits by English touring sides which triggered … More Episode 11 – They Have Got a Lot of White People Here!
As the nineteenth century drew to a close Ranji enjoyed a successful domestic season in which he consolidated his position as Sussex captain and the leading batsman in county cricket. Times were changing, on the field and off it, and this episode takes a brief look at the experiences of players like Hampshire’s Charlie Llewellyn … More Episode 10 – New Century
As one of the leading run scorers in English county cricket, Ranji’s selection to play for England against Australia came as no surprise, but some voices were opposed to his inclusion in the team. Ostensibly this was because he was born overseas, but when it emerged that many England players had been born in the … More Episode 9 – Ranji Saves England!
Ranjitsinhji was born in Sarodar, Gujarat in 1872 and might well have been destined for a life of obscurity as a local landowner had he not been adopted as the heir to the Jam Sahib of Nawanagar at the age of six. As the future ruler of an Indian princely state he was sent away … More Episode 8 – The Student Prince