Vasant Raiji

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Vasant Raiji
Personal information
Full name Vasant Naisadrai Raiji
Born (1920-01-26) 26 January 1920 (age 95)
Baroda, Gujarat, India
Batting style Right-handed
Domestic team information
Years Team
1941-42 Bombay
1944-45 to 1949-50 Baroda
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 9
Runs scored 277
Batting average 23.08
100s/50s 0/2
Top score 68
Balls bowled 36
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 1/–
Source: Cricket Archive, 28 January 2015

Vasant Naisadrai Raiji (born 26 January 1920 in Baroda) is a former first-class cricketer and cricket historian.

Life and career[edit]

Raiji opened the batting for Bombay and Baroda in the Ranji Trophy, and was a reserve for the Hindus team in the 1941 Bombay Pentangular. His two highest scores came in Baroda's victory over Maharashtra in 1944-45, when he made 68 and 53.[1]

At the end of his playing career, he turned to writing and is the author of several works on early Indian cricket. He is an accountant by profession and has authored two books on the subject.

He is the oldest living Mumbai cricketer.[2] His younger brother Madan was also a Bombay cricketer.[3]

Books[edit]

  • Ranji: The Legend and the Man (1963)
  • L. P. Jai: Memories of a Great Batsman (edited) (1976)
  • The Romance of the Ranji Trophy (1984)
  • India's Hambledon Men (1986)
  • CCI and the Brabourne Stadium, 1937-1987 (with Anandji Dossa) (1987)
  • C. K. Nayudu: The Shahenshah of Indian Cricket (1989)
  • Duleep: A Centenary Tribute (2005)
  • From Presidency to Pentangular (with Mohandas Menon) (2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maharashtra v Baroda 1944-45". CricketArchive. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Vasant Raiji, Mumbai's oldest living first-class cricketer at 90, can't wait to witness CCI's test return in December". mid-day. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Madan Raiji". CricketArchive. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 

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