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B Alaganan, who captained Tamil Nadu to their maiden Ranji Trophy title in the 1950s, died earlier this week. S Thyagarajan pays tribute to Alaganan, who was also a famous radio commentator, in the Hindu.
Making it to the Madras Ranji Trophy team in the late forties, Alaganan later proved an exceptional leader. After taking over the captaincy reins, he achieved the distinction of winning the Ranji Trophy for Madras at Indore beating Holkar by 45 runs.
"You know, they put us in after winning the toss on a jute-matting pitch, hoping that spinner Dhanawade, playing in the English league, would finish us off in three days. But, everything turned the other way," he had said
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