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    November 30, 2006

    Hanumant Singh dead

    Indian cricket, and world cricket in general, continues to lose classy players, one by one. The latest addition is Hanumant Singh, who scored a century on debut against England in 1964. In fact, a few tests later, he came close to scoring one against Australia, and ended on 94.

    To a couple of generations of Indian cricket watchers, those before me that is, Indian cricket had a sort of jinx. No-one who scored a century on test debut had gone on to make another. Lala Amarnath, Deepak Shodhan, AG Kripal Singh, Abbas Ali Baig and Hanumant Singh, they all scored only one test hundred. Gundappa Viswanath did one better in 1973 against England at the Brabourne Stadium. Of course, after I started following cricket, Azhar, Ganguly and Sehwag have made their fair share of centuries.

    Hanumant Singh passed away yesterday, aged 67, after battling dengue and Hepatitis-B.

    My father has seen him play at Chepauk. He reckons it was a test against the West Indies in 1967. He recollects some very stylish cover drives and some good fielding as well.

    Quite a few notable names have passed in the last couple of years: Polly Umrigar, Wasim Raja, Fred Trueman, Budhi Kunderan and Fazal Mahmood and Mushtaq Ali.

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