Cricket Fraternity mourns demise of Rajinder Goel

Indian cricket fraternity mourned the demise of legendary first class spinner Rajinder Goel. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly , India head coach Ravi Shastri and a host of Indian cricketers paid tribute to great left-arm spinner, who passed away at 77 after battling long-term illness.


Indian cricket fraternity mourned the demise of legendary first class spinner Rajinder Goel. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly , India head coach Ravi Shastri and a host of Indian cricketers paid tribute to great left-arm spinner, who passed away at 77 after battling long-term illness.

"The Indian cricketing community has lost a giant of domestic cricket today. His staggering record tells you about his craft and the control he had over it. To have a career that lasts more than 25 years and still be able to perform consistently speaks about his dedication and commitment towards the game," Ganguly said in an official media release of the BCCI. "giant of domestic cricket" , Ganguly added.

Former and current India stars like Sachin Tendulkar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan and Virender Sehwag too paid glowing tribute to Rajinder Goel.

Former India cricketer Ravi Shastri tweeted, “Master of his craft. Killer line & length in our terrain. Humility personified." While mourning the demise,

Recalling the fact that Rajinder Goel did not play for India despite taking 750 first-class wickets, Virender Sehwag tweeted, “the Indian team's loss to have missed out on his services.”

While Suresh Raina said that Rajinder Goel's contribution to domestic cricket was unmatchable, Sehwag called him "a very simple, humble man".

Rajinder Goel played 157 first-class matches, most of them for Haryana, and finished with 750 wickets. Goel holds the record for most wickets taken in Ranji Trophy as he scalped 637, 107 more than S Venkataraghavan who is second on the list. He made his debut in the 1957-58 season and went on to play domestic cricket until the age of 44.

In 2017, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) honoured Rajinder Goel with the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.