Dr. Mohammad Jahangir Khan was a big man who stood six feet and bowled medium pace. His test debut was versus England from Colonial India at Lords Cricket Stadium on June 25 to 28 in the year 1932.
Jahangir Khan came from the orthodox Muslim family of Punjab. Dr. Mohammad Jahangir Khan scored 108 on his first-class debut and took seven wickets in the second innings of the match.
Dr. Mohammad Jahangir Khan represented India in her first ever Test against England at Lord's in 1932. After the tour, he stayed back in England and took a doctorate from Cambridge University. He passed the final Bar from Middle Temple, London. In that time he was Cambridge blue in cricket for four years. He also made two appearances in Gentlemen vs Players matches. In 1935 playing for Indian Gymkhana (Bombay Gymkhana), he also scored 1380 runs in two months, at an average of 70.
When India toured England in 1936, Dr. Mohammad Jahangir Khan joined the Indian Colonial team and appeared in all three Tests. His best bowling during his time at Cambridge was a 7 for 58 against the champion county Yorkshire. Back in India, Dr. Mohammad Jahangir Khan played in the Bombay Pentangular in 1939.
While playing against Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord's in 1936, Dr. Mohammad Jahangir Khan bowled a ball to Tom Pearce that struck and killed a sparrow. The bird was subsequently stuffed and mounted on the match ball which is currently exhibited in the MCC Museum at Lord's.
Dr. Mohammad Jahangir Khan became the captain of Colonial India in a tour of Ceylon (now Srilanka) in 1940 to 1941 that was cancelled due to the Second World War.
Jahangir Khan’s last test match was versus England at The Oval on August 15 to 18th, in the yeare1936. He died on 23rd July 1988. At the time of his death, he was the last survivor from the team that played for India in the country’s first Test match.
(Last Updated on : 13-08-2014)
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