Sachin Tendulkar leads tributes as Vasant Raiji, India’s oldest first-class cricketer, passes away at 100

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Published on: Jun 15, 2020

India’s oldest first-class cricketer, Vasant Raiji, passed away in the early hours of Saturday at the age of exactly 100. A right-handed batsman, Raiji made his debut for Cricket Club of India against Central Provinces and Berar in Nagpur in 1939. Raiji made his Mumbai debut in 1941 for Western India with Vijay Merchant as captain.

The former cricketer played nine first-class matches in the 1940s, and scored 277 runs with a highest score of 68. A chartered accountant by professional, Raiji went on to make a name for himself as a cricket historian. On January 26 this year, Raiji celebrated his 100th birthday in the presence of Sachin Tendulkar and Steve Waugh.

“He (Raiji) passed away at 2.20 am in his sleep at his residence in Walkeshwar in South Mumbai due to old age,” Raiji’s son-in-law Sudarshan…

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