- Vasant Raiji made his debut for the Cricket Club of India in 1939, being a cricket historian and also a chartered accountant.
- He became the oldest first-class cricketer after the death of English cricketer John Manners on 7 March this year.
Jun 13, 2020, 11:54 AM IST
Vasant Raiji, the world's oldest first class cricketer, died in Mumbai early Saturday. He was 100 years old. His son-in-law Sudarshan Nanavati has confirmed the death. His funeral will take place at the Chandanwadi crematorium in South Mumbai. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also expressed grief over his death.
BCCI mourns the sad demise of Vasant Raiji. The former first-class cricketer and historian, who turned 100 this year in January, passed away in his sleep.https://t.co/0ywSprK93o pic.twitter.com/Z44gmP76X7
– BCCI (@BCCI) June 13, 2020
He became the world's oldest first-class cricketer after the death of John Manners of England county team Hampshire on March 7 this year. Manners died at the age of 106. After the death of BK Garudachhar in February 2016, Raiji became India's oldest first class cricketer.
The right-handed batsman played 9 first class matches in his 40s. During this time he had scored 277 runs and his best score was 68.
Raiji played the first match for Mumbai in 1941
Raiji made his debut for the Cricket Club of India in 1939. Two years later, he played his first match for Mumbai against Western India. Vijay Merchant was then the captain of the team. Apart from being a cricket historian, Raiji was also a chartered accountant. When India played their first home Test in Bombay in 1933. Raiji was 13 then.
100th birthday was celebrated in January this year
He celebrated his 100th birthday on 26 January this year. On this occasion, Sachin Tendulkar and former Australia captain Steve Waugh went to his house with cake. After this meeting, Sachin tweeted, “Happy 100th birthday to you.” Steve and I had a wonderful time with you. It was fun listening to old cricket stories from you. Thank you for bringing the precious treasure of cricket to us. ”