Indian Gymkhana


The Indian Gymkhana Club was founded in December 1916 in Mill Hill, North London. It was opened with the help of Lord Hawke. Although the main purpose was to provide a cricket ground, the club also catered for tennis, football and hockey. Many Indian Maharajas were involved with the Gymkhana. The Maharaja of Patiala gave a generous donation in 1921 to keep the club going and move to a new location in Osterley Park. Iftikhar Ali Khan, the Nawab of Pataudi, played cricket for the Gymkhana in the 1920s.

The Indian Gymkhana continues to flourish today:

Published works: 

The Indian Gymkhana Club (Chiswick: Broad and Co., n.d.)

Date began: 
01 Dec 1916

Iftikhar Ali Khan (Nawab of Pataudi), Bhupinder Singh (Maharaja of Patiala).


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Jahangir Khan


Jahangir Khan was a cricketer who played for India and, after independence, for Pakistan. He was selected for India's first test match tour of England in 1932. After the tour, he stayed in England to study for a doctorate at Cambridge University. He was called to the Bar from Middle Temple. While at Cambridge Khan continued playing cricket, winning Blues in all four years. He also made two appearances in Gentlemen v Players matches. In 1935 he played for the Indian Gymkhana, scoring 1380 runs in two months. He played in the three tests of India's 1936 tour of England. Khan is famous for the sparrow incident in 1936 when he was playing for the university against MCC. While bowling to T. N. Pearce, the ball struck and killed a sparrow, which was subsequently stuffed and is now displayed in the museum at Lord's cricket ground. Khan retired from test cricket in 1956.

Date of birth: 
01 Feb 1910
City of birth: 
Jullundur, Punjab
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Date of death: 
23 Jul 1988
Location of death: 
Lahore, Pakistan
Date of 1st arrival in Britain: 
01 Jan 1932
Precise 1st arrival date unknown: 
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