Former Ranji cricketer, Sharad Rao, died here last night following a cardiac arrest. The 60-year-old former right arm medium pacer and played for Mumbai and Karnataka.
He started his career with the Poddar College, Karnataka Sports Club and later played for Tata Sports Club. He made his first class debut in 1980/81 season for Mumbai first before moving to Karnataka.
His time with the Bombay Ranji Trophy squad was one of the important parts of his career as he shared the dressing room with the likes of the late Eknath Solkar, Dilip Vengsarkar, and Sunil Gavaskar.
In his maiden season as a domestic cricket, he was the part of the Bombay side which won the 1980-81 Ranji trophy beating Bishan Singh Bedi led Delhi.
Rao’s first class career spanned till 1985-86 during which he played ten games and grabbed 16 wickets, with 4 for 27 as his best figures.
Form Karnataka, Rao played in the national championship and represented the Karnataka Sporting Association in local cricket tournaments. He was also active with the Tata Sports Club in inter-offices tournaments in Mumbai.
Journalists and former teammates and other Mumbai stalwarts mourned the humble cricketer’s death.
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