These days the cricket league IPL is booming in India, in the meanwhile two bad news have come to the fore for Indian cricket within a week. At the end of last week, where the news of Salim Durrani’s death came. At the same time, the news of the death of another former opener of the Indian cricket team has come to the fore. In fact, former opener Sudhir Naik, who played three Test matches and three ODIs for India in 1974, died in a hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday. Sources in the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) have confirmed his death.
He was 78 and breathed his last in a hospital in Mumbai. According to the information, he has a daughter in his house. A source in the MCA, who regularly monitors his health, told PTI that he recently had a fall on the bathroom floor and hit his head after which he was admitted to a Mumbai hospital. He lapsed into a coma and never recovered. Significantly, recently veteran all-rounder Salim Durrani died of cancer. This is the second sad news from the Indian cricket world within a week.
How was the journey of Nike?
Naik was a highly respected figure in the Mumbai cricket world and a Ranji Trophy winning captain. Under his leadership, the team won the Ranji title in the 1970–71 season. Naik’s leadership was greatly appreciated as Mumbai won the Ranji Trophy that season without stars like Sunil Gavaskar, Ajit Wadekar, Dilip Sardesai and Ashok Mankad. When the 1972 Ranji season began, Naik was dropped from the playing XI as the main batsmen were back in the team.
He then made his debut in the Birmingham Test on the tour of England in 1974, where he scored his only half-century in a second innings defeat, scoring 77 runs. He played 85 first-class matches and scored 4376 runs at an average of over 35, including seven centuries including a double century. Naik played an active role as a coach. He played a big role in Zaheer Khan’s career as he brought him to play cricket in Mumbai and provided him with the required experience. He was also the chairman of the Mumbai selection committee. In later years he worked as curator of the Wankhede Stadium for free.
BCCI expressed grief
Condoling the demise of the former opener, the Board of Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday said that his passion for cricket shaped the careers of many cricketers and he will continue to be an inspiration to future cricketers. The release issued quoting BCCI President Roger Binny said that we are deeply saddened by the demise of Sudhir Naik. His contribution towards the sport over the decades will inspire all who wish to take up the sport. At the same time, BCCI Secretary Jai Shah said that, I am very sad to hear the news of Sudhir Naik’s death. This is a huge loss. I express my condolences to his family, friends and everyone in the Mumbai Cricket Association. Naik was truly passionate about cricket and served the game as a cricketer, coach, curator and administrator. He had a keen eye on the talent of a player and he shaped the career of many cricketers.