Names on the buses

644 K S Ranjitsinhji

Connections with Brighton and Hove : Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji was one of the most colourful cricketers ever to have played for Sussex; a county that can boast of a fair few. He arrived there in the early 1890s and soon showed a magical talent for batting that attracted thousands of people to Hove whenever he was at the crease. Ranji, as he was always known, formed a friendship with the English batsman, CB Fry. They were a great contrast when together at the wicket, Fry with his rugged athleticism and Ranji with his smooth style. He always wore silk shirts buttoned down to the wrist which added to his aura of romance and fine skills. Ranji made high scores for Sussex for whom he became captain. He also played for England as did Fry. Hailing from Nawangar, he was an Indian prince known for his lavish hospitality even at times when he did not have the money to pay for his extravagances. He died in 1933.

644 - Scania Omnidekka carried name since September 2004 on Coaster 12, repainted into Metro 25 livery March 2008. Metro 25 branding removed August 2012.

A colourful cricketer