India’s first female cricket commentator Chandra Nayudu passes away | Indore News – Times of India

INDORE: India’s first female cricket commentator Chandra Nayudu died at the age of 88 on Sunday after battling a prolonged illness at her residence, confirmed her nephew over the phone.
Nayudu was the daughter of legendary cricketer C K Nayudu, the first captain of the Indian cricket team in test matches who led the team in the country’s cricket debut at Lord’s in 1932.
Nayudu, a retired professor in English, is best remembered for her cricket commentaries in the 1970’s. She had a long association with cricket since childhood and played domestic cricket for a short span followed by commentaries in cricket. She was also the life member for Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA).
Mourning the demise of Nayudu, Abhilash Khandekar, president, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association said, “She was very popular in the cricketing circles. Back in my early days as a sports journalist, I had met her many times and had discussions over the game. I vividly remember that in 1975 when there were very few female cricketers, she was the commentator for the Rani Jhansi Women Cricket Tournament held at Daly college.”
Nayudu took many initiatives to popularize cricket among women in the state of Madhya Pradesh and started the inter university cricket tournament in 1971-80’s.
Talking to TOI over the phone her nephew Pratap Nayudu also a former international arm wrestler said, “She had not been keeping well since past a year and was mostly at home. She was a very good English teacher and had a love for cricket since early days because her father and brother were known cricketers of their times.”
“My aunt also played cricket for a short span in 1980’s. It was not an easy thing to do because it was completely a male dominated game. Unlike now, there were negligible female cricketers at that time,” said Pratap.
Nayudu was staying alone at her residence at Manorma Ganj in Indore for many years and had very few visitors including her nephew and colleagues from the government PG college.
Her last posting was as a principal in early 1990 at the Government Girls PG College at Kila Maidan in Indore.
The last rites were performed at 4pm on Sunday in the presence of close friends and family.

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