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In the ongoing Test in Rajkot against England, the members of the Indian team were spotted wearing black armbands as the play started on Day 3. With the five-match series level at 1-1, the Men in Blue were on the back foot after Ben Duckett smashed a stunning century to help the Three Lions post a 207 in little more than a session.

Coming to the third day, the Board of Control for Cricket in India released a statement announcing that the Indian players will be wearing black armbands to honour  India's captain and oldest Test cricketer  Dattajirao Gaekwad, who passed away on February 13.

Team India wear black armbands in memory of Dattajirao Gaekwad

The BCCI statement said, "Team India will be wearing black armbands in memory of Dattajirao Gaekwad, former India captain and India’s oldest Test cricketer who passed away recently."

Dattajirao played the majority of his cricket for his state Baroda with  110 first-class games, accumulating 5788 runs alongside scalping 25 wickets. He made his debut for the Indian Test team against England in Leeds during their tour of 1952. 

Gaekwad also captained the Indian Test team on the England tour of 1959 where India lost all five matches and faced a clean sweep. He bid adieu to international cricket in January 1961 against arch-rivals Pakistan in Chennai. 

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