Hanumant Singh dies

There are rumours doing the rounds that the Prince of Kolkata, Saurav Ganguly, will make a comeback to the Indian test team. But yesterday, Indian cricket lost another of its Maharajas- the Maharaja of Banswara- Hanumant Singh.

Singh was one of the most prolific batsmen in Indian domestic cricket and is best remembered for his century on debut against England. He was only the fifth Indian to achieve that feat. His footwork was immaculate, something quite lacking in the players of today 😛 . It is however quite shocking that the man, with all his talent, went on to play only 14 tests for India. He was a victim of the weird powers who rule Indian cricket, who omitted him from the tour of Australia, when he was at the peak of his career.

He was also a match referee, and officiated in quite a few tests and ODI’s. He also coached Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy and was taken ill when he returned to Mumbai to watch the Champions Trophy final. He was in intensive care for close to 20 days, and renal and lung failure finally resulted in the death of one of Indian cricket’s legends at the age of 67.

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