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    November 07, 2006

    Polly Umrigar dead

    Pahlan Ratanji Polly Umrigar, who was among the list of India's captains feted by the BCCI a few days ago (although he didn't attend the function), passed away a few hours ago, aged 80. He died of lymph cancer.

    He was undoubtedly one of India's best batsmen, rated quite highly for his batting against quick bowling. The first time I heard his name was when I was trying to find out, sometime in the late 1980s or so, about who held the record for most runs by an Indian before Sunil Gavaskar. I don't recall clearly, but this may have either been after Gavaskar went past 10,000 runs or after he retired. I found out that Polly Umrigar held most of the records which Gavaskar broke.
    He's still in the top 10 list of century makers for India.

    He was last in the news prominently as the curator of the Wankhede stadium pitch where India gained a consolation win against Australia in 2004.

    Previous deaths in the recent past: Wasim Raja, Fred Trueman, Budhi Kunderan and Fazal Mahmood and Mushtaq Ali.

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