Vintage Framed Print of Cricketer Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji
Colonel H.H. Shri Sir Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji II Jam Saheb of Nawanagar, GCSI, GBE
Vintage print of Ranjitsinhji playing for Sussex circa 1896
Size 22.5 x 30.5 x 1 Inches
Finished with hooks and wire
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Before the arrival of Ranjitsinhji in England, Neville Cardus, one of the great writers on cricket of the twentieth century, described the game as ‘English through and through’, until he watched an innings played by Ranji, when ‘A strange light from the East flickered in the English sunshine.’ At the end of his playing career, Cardus’s summing up of Ranji was ‘The Midsummer night's dream of cricket’ and the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack’s that ‘Everything seems possible’ while he was at the wicket.
Ranji was an innovator who effectively pioneered the late cut and leg glance. We are seeing this improvisation, again, a hundred years later, with the advent of T20. He would have been very happy playing the short version of the game.
He appeared on postage stamps in the same year as WG Grace - 1973 - and joins Don Bradman, Garry Sobers, Viv Richards, Ian Botham, Imran Khan and Kapil Dev as other players to do so.
This print was hand framed with 100% natural wood, by local craftsman in Pelham, Alabama in 2018. The frame is professionally finished sized as 22.5 x 30.5 x 1 inches with museum grade Kraft dust jacket and finished with hooks and wire which are attached and ready for your wall.
Read more about the legacy of Ranji in this blog post from VintageSports.com