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India’s oldest first-class cricketer Vasant Raiji passes away

Mumbai: India’s oldest first-class cricketer Vasant Raiji died within the wee hours of Saturday. He was 100.

Vasant Raiji, a right-handed batsman, performed 9 first-class matches within the 1940s and scored a complete 277 runs. He opened the batting for Bombay and Baroda within the Ranji Trophy and was a reserve for the Hindus workforce within the 1941 Bombay Pentangular. His two highest scores got here in Baroda’s victory over Maharashtra in 1944-45 when he made 68 and 53.

Raiji had turned to jot down following his cricketing profession. He was additionally a chartered accountant by occupation.

Following the dying of B. Ok. Garudachar in February 2016, Vasant Raiji turned India’s oldest first-class cricketer.

He had celebrated his 100th birthday on January 26 this 12 months which was attended by Steve Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar at his residence.

“Wishing you a very special 100th birthday, Shri Vasant Raiji. Steve & I had a wonderful time listening to some amazing cricket stories about the past. Thank you for passing on a treasure trove of memories about our beloved sport,” Tendulkar had tweeted.

On March 7 this 12 months, Raiji turned the oldest residing first-class cricketer on this planet following the dying of John Manners.

The Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday expressed grief over his unhappy demise.

“It is with profound sadness that BCCI has learnt of the passing of Vasant Raiji, a former first-class cricketer and historian, who had turned 100 earlier this year on 26th January,” mentioned BCCI in an announcement.

“After his retirement, he joined his family business, but the passion for cricket kept him associated with the sport. He was a founding member of the Jolly Cricket Club in Mumbai and wrote books on Ranjitsinhji, Duleepsinhji, Victor Trumper, CK Nayudu an LP Jai. He also loved collecting books and memorabilia,” the BCCI assertion learn.

Following the dying of B. Ok. Garudachar in February 2016, Raiji turned India’s oldest first-class cricketer.

(IANS)

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