England’s Hove city dedicates part of Sussex Cricket Museum 30th August 2011: Indians in the UK, cricket buffs in particular, have another reason to cheer. The cricketer after whom you have the Ranji trophy has been honoured by a museum in the UK county.
The authorities in England’s Hove city have dedicated a portion of the Sussex Cricket Museum in the memory of late cricketer, K. S. Ranjit Singh Ji. It is after him that the leading Indian domestic cricket championship Ranji Trophy is named.
The section of the museum was inaugurated by acting Indian High Commissioner to U.K., Rajesh Prasad,
An Indian prince and a test cricketer, Ranjit Singh played for the English cricket team and county cricket for Sussex.
Still loved by Jamnagar, the prince of Jamnagar is also known to have changed the city to make it the Paris of Saurashtra. The museum is also celebrating 100 years of the first visit to Hove by an official Indian team, in 1911.
The credit for bringing an unconventional technique of batting backed with fast reactions goes to him. In fact, it is said he brought a new style to batting that revolutionised the game.
Talking to media persons, librarian at the museum Rob Broddie said Ranjit Singh Ji was closely associated with the Sussex county club for a number of years.
Also known as Ranji, he spent most of his playing days at the Sussex county club. The Sussex Cricket Museum has been allocated additional space to facilitate display of rare memorabilia of Ranjit Singh Ji and other revered Indian cricketers who have toured the Sussex cricket grounds.