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Oldest Test cricketers at the time of death

Rajneesh Gupta | December 22, 2003 16:00 IST

The former Indian allrounder MJ Gopalan died in Chennai on Sunday morning. Gopalan's death will now re-open the controversial chapter about his exact date of birth.

His school certificate had his date of birth as June 6,1909. The same is carried in all cricket publications the world over including Wisden Cricket Almanack and BCCI Statistical Annual.

However Gopalan's family members and he himself always maintained that he was born on June 6, 1906 and not on June 6, 1909. In that case, Gopalan's age at the time of death becomes 97 years 198 days and he becomes second oldest Test cricketer at the time of death.

94 or 97, Gopalan was the oldest surviving Test cricketer. This mantle has now been passed to Don Cleverley, who played two Tests for New Zealand.

Oldest Test cricketers at the time of death:
AgePlayerForMDebutLast PlayedDate Died
98324FA MackinnonEng102 Jan 187904 Jan 187927 Feb 1947
95252W RhodesEng5801 Jun 189912 Apr 193008 Jul 1973
95151GL WeirNZ 1124 Jan 193017 Aug 193731 Oct 2003
94251SF BarnesEng2713 Dec 190118 Feb 191426 Dec 1967
94198MJ GopalanInd106 Jun 190908 Jan 193421 Dec 2003
9482J NewmanNZ 327 Feb 193203 Apr 193323 Sep 1996

Oldest Test cricketers still surviving:
93363DC CleverleyNZ
933EWT TindillNZ
92358JL KerrNZ
92137N GordonSA
91143WA BrownAus

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