Rajinder Goel, the best wicket-taker within the historical past of the Ranji Trophy with 637 strikes, has handed away on the age of 77 after a protracted sickness. In all, the Haryana left-arm spinner took 750 wickets in 157 first-class matches from 1958-59 to 1984-85. He bagged an unimaginable 53 five-fors and 17 ten-wicket match hauls.
Within the mid-1960s, when Bishan Singh Bedi was making his mark, the query that was requested was, “is he nearly as good as Goel?” Paradoxically, one motive Goel by no means performed for India was as a result of Bedi had cemented his spot within the India workforce. The closest Goel got here to play for India was within the unofficial Take a look at in opposition to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1964-65.
Very unhappy to know that Rajinder Goel Saab is not any extra. One of many stalwarts of Indian cricket with 750 top quality wickets. My ideas and prayers exit to his household. pic.twitter.com/YANaldX5oQ
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) June 21, 2020
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In September 1979, Goel picked up 6 for 102 in opposition to a visiting Australian aspect led by Kim Hughes. He continued taking part in first-class cricket till he was 43, with health proving a vital side of his lengthy and storied home profession. Even when he was in his final season in 1984-85, Goel educated arduous; his observe periods would contain 3500 skips of a rope and a long term, adopted by bowling to a minimum of 10 batsmen within the nets.
Goel could not win the Ranji Trophy as a participant, however he was the chairman of the Haryana choice committee in 1991 when a Kapil Dev-led aspect shocked Bombay (now Mumbai) on the Wankhede Stadium.
After his taking part in profession, Goel additionally served as a match referee in each males’s and ladies’s cricket.
In 2017, Goel acquired the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award. He is likely one of the 4 non-Take a look at gamers to have gotten the BCCI’s Lifetime Achievement Award; the others being Padmakar Shivalkar, Bhausaheb Nimbalkar and journalist KN Prabhu.