Vasant Raiji, the previous Bombay and Baroda batsman and outstanding cricket historian, has died aged 100. Raiji had been the world’s oldest dwelling first-class cricketer, and Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar and Steve Waugh visited him at his Mumbai house when he turned 100 on January 26 this 12 months.
“He handed away at 2.20am in his sleep at his residence in Walkeshwar in South Mumbai as a result of outdated age,” his son-in-law Sudarshan Nanavati was quoted as saying by PTI.
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Raiji performed 9 first-class matches in a profession that ran from 1939 to 1950, scoring 277 runs at a median of 23.08. He scored two half-centuries, each in the identical Ranji Trophy recreation for Baroda towards Maharashtra in December 1944.
With the passing away of Vasant Raiji #RIP, the oldest dwelling first-class cricketer on this planet is New Zealander Alan Burgess (born 1 Could 1920), who appeared in 14 FC matches, largely for Canterbury from 1940 to 1952 as an all-rounder.
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 13, 2020
After his taking part in profession, Raiji turned his consideration to chartered accountancy, however retained shut hyperlinks to cricket, writing plenty of books on the game together with biographies of Ranjitsinhji, Duleepsinhji, CK Nayudu and Victor Trumper.