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Full name Virinchirpuram Krishnamoorthi Ramaswamy
Born April 26, 1945, Madras (now Chennai)
Current age 69 years 183 days
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||India v England at Chennai, Jan 13-18, 1985 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v New Zealand at Ahmedabad, Oct 29-Nov 2, 1999 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v West Indies at Vadodara, Nov 9, 1983 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v England at Cuttack, Jan 22, 2002 scorecard|
Married with one son and two daughters.
Profession: Indian Railways confidential assistant to the executive.
Interests: soccer, reading.
First-class umpiring debut 1973
International debut: 1983-84 (ODI), 1984-85 (Test)
Appointed to National Grid panel 1994
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