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Rajinder Goel Passes Away, Cricket Fraternity Mourns His Demise

New Delhi: India’s cricket fraternity mourned the demise of legendary first-class spinner Rajinder Goel, calling him a “master of his craft” whose “bradmanesque” document made him a stalwart in home cricket.

Goel died on Sunday owing to age-related sicknesses. He was 77 and is survived by his spouse and son Nitin Goel, who has additionally performed first-class cricket and is a home match-referee.

Paying a glowing tribute to Goel, iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar tweeted: “Saddened to hear about the passing away of Rajinder Goel ji! He was a stalwart of Indian Domestic Cricket picking up more than 600 wickets in the Ranji Trophy. May his soul Rest in Peace and my heartfelt condolences to his near and dear ones.”

India head coach Ravi Shastri additionally saluted his craft in his message.

“RIP Rajinder Goel ji. Master of his craft. Killer line & length in our terrain. Humility personified. Condolences to the entire family,” he wrote on his twitter web page.

Goel, a left-arm spinner, had 750 first-class wickets from 157 video games, representing Haryana and North Zone in home cricket. He performed 26 seasons of first-class cricket from 1958-59 and 1984-85.

Former India captain and present BCCI president Sourav Ganguly condoled his dying, describing him a “giant” of home cricket, whose lengthy profession is a sworn statement of his craft.

“The Indian cricketing community has lost a giant of domestic cricket today. His staggering record tells you about his craft and the control he had over it,” Ganguly mentioned in a BCCI assertion.

“To have a career that lasts more than 25 years and still be able to perform consistently speaks about his dedication and commitment towards the game. To be able to pick 750 wickets needs years and years of hard work and I salute his efforts. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his family,” he added.

Goel was unfortunate to have performed within the period of the legendary Bishan Singh Bedi as he might by no means play for India. He was picked for a Check match in Bengaluru throughout the 1974-75 collection in opposition to the West Indies when Bedi was axed however Goel was the 12th man in that match.

Regardless of not enjoying for the nation, Goel was by no means bitter about it and accepted his destiny with grace.

Providing his tribute, Bedi mentioned he envied Goel’s sense of ‘contentment’.

“Rajinder Goel was easily the most contented’ human being I’ve known. I used to envy his sense of contentment’ in my moments of turmoil..RIP Goely’..You bowled yur heart out to keep Ranji Trophy alive..!!,” he tweeted.

Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar mentioned he’s amazed by Goel’s bowling document, calling it “bradmanesque”.

“Have always been staggered by the records of Shivalkar & Rajinder Goel. Here’s Goel’s FC record for you – 157 matches, 750 wickets! 59 five wicket hauls & 18 times 10 wkts in a match. Avg -18.58. That’s bradmanesque in bowling – 5 wkts every 2.6 matches. RIP Goel Sir,” he tweeted.

India opener Shikhar Dhawan additionally took to twitter to precise his condolences.

“Rest in peace Rajinder Goel Sir. My thoughts and prayers with the family. God bless your soul,” Dhawan tweeted.

Former Indian batsman Laxman wrote: “Deeply saddened by the passing away of Rajinder Goel, the highest wicket-taker in the history of Ranji Trophy. My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.”

(PTI)

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