India’s oldest first-class cricketer Vasant Raiji handed away at his residence in Mumbai within the wee hours of Saturday, reported information company PTI. Raiji was 100 years previous and is survived by his spouse and two daughters.
Raiji’s son-in-legislation confirmed that former cricketer died to previous-age. “He (Raiji) passed away at 2.20 am in his sleep at his residence in Walkeshwar in South Mumbai due to old-age,” his son-in-legislation Sudarshan Nanavati instructed PTI.
Raiji, who was chartered accountant to start out with, couldn’t ignore his love for cricket. The proper-handed batsman, performed 9 first-class matches for Mumbai and Baroda within the 1940s, scoring 277 runs with 68 being his highest rating in his decade-lengthy profession.
Interestingly, Raiji’s debut was neither for Mumbai nor for Baroda. He performed his first sport for a Cricket Club of India group that locked horns with Central Provinces and Berar in Nagpur in 1939. Raiji couldn’t make his debut a memorable one as he was dismissed for a duck within the first-innings and was out for 1 within the second.
His Mumbai debut occurred in 1941 when the group performed Western India below the management of Vijay Merchant. Raiji, additionally a cricket historian and chartered accountant, was 13 when India performed its first Test match at the Bombay Gymkhana in South Mumbai.
Cricket icons Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and former Australian skipper Steve Waugh had paid a courtesy go to to Raiji at his residence in January when he had turned 100. Sachin had even shared the video of Raiji’s birthday celebrations on Twitter.
Wishing you a really particular 1⃣0⃣0⃣th birthday, Shri Vasant Raiji.
Steve & I had a beautiful time listening to some superb cricket 🏏 tales in regards to the previous.
Thank you for passing on a treasure trove of recollections about our beloved sport. pic.twitter.com/4zdoAcf8S3
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 26, 2020
It has been learnt that the cremation will happen at the Chandanwadi crematorium in South Mumbai on Saturday afternoon.
(With PTI inputs)