Raja Maharaj Singh

Raja Sir Maharaj Singh CIE CStJ (17 May 1878, Kapurthala, Punjab – 6 June 1959, Lucknow) was the first Indian Governor of Bombay. He was also the Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir during Maharaja Hari Singh’s rule and also the Dewan of Jodhpur for a short while.

Raja Sir Maharaj Singh Ahluwalia
The Governor of Bombay awarding the winner of a baseball match between teams from Calcutta and Bombay.jpg
Singh at a baseball match in Bombay in 1949.
Cricket information
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 1
Runs scored 4
Batting average 4.00
100s/50s -/-
Top score 4
Catches/stumpings -/-
Source: [1], 30 March 2019

Maharaj Singh was the son of Raja Harnam Singh of the Kapurthala royal family in the direct line founded by Jassa Singh Ahluwalia. His mother was Rani Priscilla Kaur Sahiba (née Priscilla Golaknath).[citation needed] He was educated at Harrow School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he completed his MA, and was called to Bar by the Middle Temple in 1902. Starting off as the Deputy Collector of United Provinces, he held several positions in the government of India. He was elected the chancellor of Lucknow University in 1941 and served for a short span as the Prime Minister of Kashmir. He was the Governor of Bombay from 1948 to 1952. He was appointed a CIE in 1915 and knighted in 1933.

At the age of 72, he captained the Bombay Governor's XI against a touring Commonwealth XI in a cricket match starting on 25 November 1950. This makes him the oldest cricketer to make his first-class debut and the oldest player to play a first-class game.[1] Coming in to bat at No. 9, he edged Jim Laker for 3 and one run later, was caught at first slip off the same bowler. He took no part in the game after the first day and Yadavindra Singh of Patiala captained the side in his absence. Laker was 44 years younger than the man he dismissed. The Test cricketer Rusi Modi served as his ADC while he was the Bombay governor.

Rajkumari Bibiji Amrit Kaur, who was the Minister of Health in the Nehru government, was his younger sister. Married to Gunwati Maya Das of Ferozepore, Maharaj Singh had two sons, Raja Ranbir Singh, a diplomat (died June 1995) and Kanwar Mahindar Singh a tennis player and businessman (died August 2004), as well as one daughter, Prem Maharaj Seth (née Singh) (died September 2019).



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  1. ^ "The death of Phillip Hughes". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 November 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Colville
Governor of Bombay
Succeeded by
Sir Girija Shankar Bajpai