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Former India cricketer Hemant Kanitkar dead

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Mumbai, June 10:

Former India Test cricketer Hemant Kanitkar, who was suffering from prolonged illness, has passed away at his residence in Pune, the BCCI announced on Wednesday.

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Kanitkar, 72, who represented Maharashtra with distinction from 1963-64 to 1977-78, died on Tuesday night.

He played two Tests in the 1974-75 series against the West Indies, scoring an impressive 65 in his first Test innings at Bengaluru.

Kanitkar was a member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) All-India Junior Selection Committee in 1992-93 and 1993-94, and chaired the panel from 1996-97 to 1998-99.

“On behalf of the BCCI, I would like to extend my condolences to his family, and pray that his soul rests in peace,” BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said in a statement.

“Kanitkar was a versatile cricketer. He was an outstanding batsman for Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy, for a decade-and-a-half. He was also an excellent wicket-keeper,” BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said.

“His second innings, as selector and guide to youngsters, was equally noteworthy,” he added.

Kanitkar remained a tower of strength for Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy in which he scored 3,632 runs at an average of 43.75, with a highest score of 250 against Rajasthan in 1970-71.

In a first-class career that lasted from 1963 to 1978, Kanitkar scored 5,007 runs at an average of 42.79 with 13 centuries and 87 dismissals, 68 of them caught. (IANS)