India news August 17, 2011

Former India batsman Ramesh Saxena dies

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ramesh Saxena, the former India batsman, has died of a brain haemorrhage, in Jamshedpur at the age of 66. Saxena, who played one Test for India, in 1967, was serving as the secretary of the Bihar Jharkhand Cricket Association.

A teenage prodigy, Saxena began his first-class career with a century for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy at the age of just 16. He was a stalwart for Delhi for many years, and earned a call-up to the India side for the 1967 tour of England. He scored 238 runs on the tour but got scores of 16 and 9 in the only Test he played, at Headingley. He also toured Australia and New Zealand in 1967-68 but never played another Test.

He played 149 first-class matches, scoring 8155 runs with 17 centuries.

Former India cricketer Abbas Ali Baig described Saxena as an "an extremely elegant stroke player". "He played only one Test," Baig told the Times of India, "and that does not really reflect the quality of his batsmanship."

Bihar state-mate Daljit Singh said Saxena knew "almost instinctively when to step out and when to stay back in the crease". "Players from smaller Ranji sides hardly got a look-in then," Singh said. "If he had turned out for a bigger team, he might have played for at least 10 years for India."

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  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    May your soul rest in peace Sir

  • Ambrish on August 17, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Growing up in Jamshedpur, I had the opportunity to watch Mr. Ramesh Saxena play for Bihar.. It is unfortunate that the Cricinfo article makes no mention of his contributions as a player and captain of the Bihar cricket team. A fine batsman, with a very good domestic record, it was unfortunate that he did not get too many chances to play for India. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Steve on August 17, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    He was the main batsman for East Zone for a number of yrs in the 70s and early 80s. Suffered from playing a weak team like Bihar. Should have played more tests. RIP.

  • Gaurav on August 17, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    May his soul rest in peace.

  • Muhammad on August 17, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    may his soul rest in peace ...

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    God bless his soul..condolences to his family!

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    I have seen Ramesh Saxena number of times and also had the privilege of playing against him.He was the batsman of highest class and used to play backfoot or front foot shots with equal power and elegance.It is pity that he could play only one test although he deserved to play many more.Even Sir Garfield Sobers rated him very high when he played against West Indies in a zonal match.Those who have seen him playing would never forget his highest class of batsmanship. May his soul rest in peace. Ashok Bambi, Lucknow

  • Chetan on August 17, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Very sad news for Indian Cricket.

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    may his soul rest in peace ...

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Sad to know about his demise. RIP.

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