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Forme Karanataka cricketer K. Sriram passes away at 43 

Forme Karanataka cricketer K. Sriram passes away at 43
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Indian cricketing fraternity lost former Karnataka batsman Krishnaraj Sriram on Thursday (February 16) following a brief illness at age of 43. Sriram is survived by his wife and two children. The right-handed batsman had short yet eventful first class career with his state Karnataka. He represented his state in 15 first-class games and finished with 644 runs at an average of 28.

He was once touted as the next top class batting commodity from Karnataka in the cricketing circles of Bangalore. He debuted his as a 22-year-old in the 1996 season under the leadership of Rahul Dravid. The debut turned out to be golden for him as he went on to score 174 in more than six hours in the middle against Tamil Nadu in a group encounter against Tamil Nadu.

He later also part of the Anil Kumble-led side which clashed with arch rivals Tamil Nadu in the finals and eventually became a part of the title winning side at the MA Chidambaram Stadium as Karnataka clinched the Ranji Trophy title after a gap of 13 years.

Incidentally, his older brother, K Srinath, playing for Tamil Nadu featured against him in that title clash. Srinath is a first-class umpire and has officiated in several Indian Premier League and Champions League T20 games.

He continued to impress with scores of 54 and 28 in the Irani Cup clash that September as Karnataka defeated Rest of India by five wickets. Unfortunately, for Sriram, that was the peak of his career as he lost his place after a string of poor scores. A surprise recall for the Irani Cup in October 1999 netted returns of just 6 and 3 in an innings loss to Rest of India, his last first-class appearance as time passed him by.

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