Meher Baba 1950-2008 January 17, 2008

Former Andhra allrounder dies at 58

Cricinfo staff

Meher Baba, the former Andhra and South Zone allrounder, died in Hyderabad on Wednesday after a prolonged battle against cancer. He was 58.

Baba, a left-hand batsman and left-arm spinner, had a 16-year first-class career spanning from 1972 to 1987, mainly with Andhra. He made 2649 runs, with a highest of 134 not out against Goa, and took 173 wickets, including five five-wicket hauls.

"It is a personal loss to me," Shivlal Yadav, the former India offspinner and secretary of Hyderabad Cricket Association, told the Hindu. "He was such a lovely person - always willing to be there for anything related to the sport. It is a pity that someone who was one of the towering personalities in South Zone cricket had to meet this fate, battling the dreaded cancer."

Baba captained Andhra in two Ranji Trophy matches in the 1982-83 season and represented South Zone in the Duleep Trophy and Deodhar Trophy on eleven occasions. He was also part of the South Zone team which took on the visiting England side in 1981-82.