Avi Barot[photo: Twitter]
Avi Barot[photo: Twitter]

Avi Barot, Saurashtra batsman, a former India Under-19 captain, and a member of the Ranji Trophy-winning team in the 2019-20 season, has died after suffering a cardiac arrest at a shockingly young age of 29.

The player, who also represented Haryana and Gujarat in his career, died on Friday while being taken to a hospital after he felt unwell at his home in Ahmedabad. He is survived by his mother and wife, who are expecting the couple’s first child. Avi Barot dies just five days after he smashed 72 off 43 balls in the final of Reliance G-1 T20 tournament and helped Saurashtra team claim the title in Rajkot on Sunday.

Avi Barot
Avi Barot. File photo: Twitter/BCCI…

Avi Barot Breathed His Last Inside The Ambulance

Avi Barot played 38 first-class matches, 38 List A matches, and 20 Domestic T20 games. He was a wicket-keeper-batter and scored 1,547 runs in first-class matches, 1,030 runs in list-A games, and 717 runs in T20s.

“Avi was at home when he felt unwell. He was being rushed to the hospital and breathed his last inside the ambulance. He was a very lively boy and seeing his talent, I brought him to Saurashtra from Haryana where he started his first-class career,” Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) President Jaydev Shah said.

Jaydev Shah[photo: Twitter]
Jaydev Shah[photo: Twitter]

“Avi’s father passed away at 42. He is now survived by his mother and wife who is four months pregnant. It will take a lot of time for me to accept this tragedy,” Shah said.

“I am still in a state of shock. He was just 29 and last week we had a state-level tournament Jeevan Trophy where he came and played. I in fact told him you are scoring runs, you can take it easy but he said ‘Jaydev bhai we need to win it’,” Shah recalled.

The young cricketer was competing only last week in a local tournament. He was a right-handed batter, who could also bowl off-breaks. Avi Barot, the Saurashtra wicketkeeper-batsman, passed away on Friday (October 15), aged 29, after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Ahmedabad.

Avi Barot, a right-handed batsman, had captained India Under-19 in 2011. He made his first-class debut in 2011 and had played 38 first-class matches, 38 List A games, and 20 T20s for Saurashtra, Haryana, and Gujarat. He was a part of Saurashtra’s Ranji Trophy-winning campaign in 2019-2020.

Avi Barot’s Untimely Death Shocked And Saddened Saurashtra Cricket Association

Avi Barot was a part of the Ranji Trophy-winning Saurashtra team, which had defeated Bengal in the summit clash. He had scored a half-century in that match. He was also a part of the Saurashtra team that reached the Ranji Trophy final in 2015-16 and 2018-19. The SCA issued a statement to express its condolences.

“Everyone at Saurashtra Cricket Association (is) deeply shocked and saddened on (the) very shocking, untimely and extremely sad demise of Avi Barot, remarkable and notable cricketer of Saurashtra,” the SCA stated in a media release issued here.

Avi Barot
Avi Barot. (Photo: Twitter)

For Saurashtra, he played 21 Ranji Trophy matches, 17 List A matches, and 11 domestic T20 games. Avi Barot was India U-19 captain in 2011 after scoring four centuries and three half-centuries in the Cooch Behar Trophy for Gujarat, steering them to the title in that season. Earlier this year, he grabbed attention with his stupendous 122-run knock of just 53 balls during a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match against Goa.