India’s oldest initially-course cricketer Vasant Raiji died in the wee several hours of Saturday. He was 100 several years aged. Taiji is survived by his wife and two daughters.
“He (Raiji) passed away at 2.20 am in his rest at his home in Walkeshwar in South Mumbai owing to old age,” information agency PTI quoted his son-in-law Sudarshan Nanavati as declaring.
Following the loss of life of B K Garudachar in February 2016, Raiji grew to become India’s oldest first-class cricketer.
On March 7 this 12 months, Raiji turned the oldest residing initial-course cricketer in the earth subsequent the loss of life of John Manners.
Vasant Raiji cricket careerRaiji, a correct-handed batsman, performed nine 1st-class matches in the 1940s and scored a full 277 operates. He opened the batting for Bombay and Baroda in the Ranji Trophy, and was a reserve for the Hindus group in the 1941 Bombay Pentangular. His two maximum scores arrived in Baroda’s victory over Maharashtra in 1944-45, when he created 68 and 53.
Raiji’s everyday living following cricketRaiji had turned to writing adhering to his cricketing profession. He was also a chartered accountant by profession.
He was a founding member of the Jolly Cricket Club in Mumbai and wrote publications on Ranjitsinhji, Duleepsinhji, Victor Trumper, CK Nayudu an LP Jai.
He also cherished collecting textbooks and memorabilia.
Raiji celebrated his 100th birthday with TendulkarHe had celebrated his 100th birthday on January 26 this calendar year which was attended by Steve Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar at his residence.
“Wishing you a quite specific 100th birthday, Shri Vasant Raiji. Steve & I experienced a superb time listening to some incredible cricket tales about the past. Thank you for passing on a treasure trove of recollections about our beloved sport,” Tendulkar experienced tweeted.
Wishing you a quite particular th birthday, Shri Vasant Raiji.
Steve & I had a great time listening to some astounding cricket tales about the past.
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
Vasant Raiji cremationIt has been learnt that the cremation will just take place at the Chandanwadi crematorium in South Mumbai on Saturday afternoon.
Sports activities fraternity mournsBCCI”It is with profound sadness that BCCI has learnt of the passing of Vasant Raiji, a former 1st-class cricketer and historian, who had turned 100 before this year on 26th January,” reported BCCI in a statement.
“Right after his retirement, he joined his relatives business enterprise, but enthusiasm for cricket stored him connected with the activity. He was a founding member of the Jolly Cricket Club in Mumbai and wrote guides on Ranjitsinhji, Duleepsinhji, Victor Trumper, CK Nayudu an LP Jai. He also cherished amassing textbooks and memorabilia,” the BCCI assertion browse.
BCCI mourns the sad demise of Vasant Raiji. The former very first-class cricketer and historian, who turned 100 this 12 months in January, handed away in his snooze.https://t.co/0ywSprK93o pic.twitter.com/Z44gmP76X7
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 13, 2020
I met Shri Vasant Raiji previously this yr to rejoice his 100th birthday. His heat and passion for actively playing and observing Cricket was endearing.
His passing away saddens my coronary heart. My condolences to his family members & pals. pic.twitter.com/fi8dOP7EnI
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 13, 2020
Vasant Raiji, India’s oldest cricketer, dies at 100 condolences pour in