Dicky Rutnagur 1931-2013 June 21, 2013

Journalist Dicky Rutnagur dies aged 82

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Dicky Rutnagur, the former sportswriter and radio commentator, has died in London aged 82. Rutnagur covered over 300 Tests in a career that spanned five decades, in which he also reported on squash and badminton.

He co-edited Indian Cricket - Field Annual for eight years starting in the late 1950s before migrating to England in the mid-60s. For about 40 years, Rutnagur wrote about cricket, badminton and squash in the Daily Telegraph. Rutnagur also wrote two books - Test Commentary (India v England 1976-77) and Khans Unlimited (the history of squash in Pakistan).

He was fondly remembered by several former players and his former colleagues in the press box.

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  • POSTED BY pa99 on | June 24, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Two comments about Dicky Rutnagur

    1. brilliant partnership on radio with Vijay Merchant with Merchant always ending his session with " over to you, Dicky". Great contrast between the two - Merchant with his squeaky voice and Dicky with his husky deep growl; a bit like John Arlott.

    2. he also covered Table Tennis. I remember going upto him and chatting with him around '73 - '75 at the England Open TT Championships in Brighton, UK

  • POSTED BY 66feet on | June 21, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Sad news to hear of the passing of Dickie I remember him reporting at the County Ground Chelmsford while I worked there. A dignified Indian gentleman who always had the time of day for a mere groundsman and spent many pleasant moments chatting to him prior to beginning of play. He will be missed, rest in peace my friend it was good to know you.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    I remember his headlines in his cricket column when India played its first day -night match,"Indians grope in the dark"

  • POSTED BY VKFan on | June 22, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Grew up listening to Dicky Rutnagur on the radio... RIP. Dicky was the only known person to watch both Sobers' and Shastri's six sixers in an over, live at the ground.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    BTW, that's Tony Cozier on the right of the photo

  • POSTED BY Divinetouch on | June 21, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Condolences to his family.

    What nostalgia to recall Dicky's voice commenting on cricket. I place him the class of immortals. His voice reverberated in Guyana and the Caribbean whenever India played.

    BHAGAVAN's divine grace to your atma.

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | June 21, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Loved his cricket commentary on radio. We will miss him. Cricket world lost a Legend Journalist. RIP.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    a great sports journalist n radio commentator is history now...may is soul RIP

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | June 21, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Distinctly remember hearing him on radio commentary on India's tour to West Indies in the eighties. A Fine Commentator !

  • POSTED BY pa99 on | June 24, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Two comments about Dicky Rutnagur

    1. brilliant partnership on radio with Vijay Merchant with Merchant always ending his session with " over to you, Dicky". Great contrast between the two - Merchant with his squeaky voice and Dicky with his husky deep growl; a bit like John Arlott.

    2. he also covered Table Tennis. I remember going upto him and chatting with him around '73 - '75 at the England Open TT Championships in Brighton, UK

  • POSTED BY 66feet on | June 21, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Sad news to hear of the passing of Dickie I remember him reporting at the County Ground Chelmsford while I worked there. A dignified Indian gentleman who always had the time of day for a mere groundsman and spent many pleasant moments chatting to him prior to beginning of play. He will be missed, rest in peace my friend it was good to know you.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    I remember his headlines in his cricket column when India played its first day -night match,"Indians grope in the dark"

  • POSTED BY VKFan on | June 22, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Grew up listening to Dicky Rutnagur on the radio... RIP. Dicky was the only known person to watch both Sobers' and Shastri's six sixers in an over, live at the ground.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    BTW, that's Tony Cozier on the right of the photo

  • POSTED BY Divinetouch on | June 21, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Condolences to his family.

    What nostalgia to recall Dicky's voice commenting on cricket. I place him the class of immortals. His voice reverberated in Guyana and the Caribbean whenever India played.

    BHAGAVAN's divine grace to your atma.

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | June 21, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Loved his cricket commentary on radio. We will miss him. Cricket world lost a Legend Journalist. RIP.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    a great sports journalist n radio commentator is history now...may is soul RIP

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | June 21, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Distinctly remember hearing him on radio commentary on India's tour to West Indies in the eighties. A Fine Commentator !

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | June 21, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Distinctly remember hearing him on radio commentary on India's tour to West Indies in the eighties. A Fine Commentator !

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    a great sports journalist n radio commentator is history now...may is soul RIP

  • POSTED BY EverybodylovesSachin on | June 21, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Loved his cricket commentary on radio. We will miss him. Cricket world lost a Legend Journalist. RIP.

  • POSTED BY Divinetouch on | June 21, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Condolences to his family.

    What nostalgia to recall Dicky's voice commenting on cricket. I place him the class of immortals. His voice reverberated in Guyana and the Caribbean whenever India played.

    BHAGAVAN's divine grace to your atma.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    BTW, that's Tony Cozier on the right of the photo

  • POSTED BY VKFan on | June 22, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Grew up listening to Dicky Rutnagur on the radio... RIP. Dicky was the only known person to watch both Sobers' and Shastri's six sixers in an over, live at the ground.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    I remember his headlines in his cricket column when India played its first day -night match,"Indians grope in the dark"

  • POSTED BY 66feet on | June 21, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Sad news to hear of the passing of Dickie I remember him reporting at the County Ground Chelmsford while I worked there. A dignified Indian gentleman who always had the time of day for a mere groundsman and spent many pleasant moments chatting to him prior to beginning of play. He will be missed, rest in peace my friend it was good to know you.

  • POSTED BY pa99 on | June 24, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Two comments about Dicky Rutnagur

    1. brilliant partnership on radio with Vijay Merchant with Merchant always ending his session with " over to you, Dicky". Great contrast between the two - Merchant with his squeaky voice and Dicky with his husky deep growl; a bit like John Arlott.

    2. he also covered Table Tennis. I remember going upto him and chatting with him around '73 - '75 at the England Open TT Championships in Brighton, UK