Cricket was his rose garden: Karnataka loses legendary all-rounder Kasturirangan | Cricket News – Times of India


BENGALURU: When G Kasturirangan wasn’t speaking cricket, he would have interaction his viewers in a dialog about his old flame — roses. A fiery pacer on the sector, off it, he took care of roses and cricket pitches with the tenderness of a dad or mum. The genial octogenarian, who would have turned 90 in October, handed away following a coronary heart assault at his residence right here on Wednesday morning.
Kasturirangan, a former Mysore skipper, performed 36 first-class matches and returned 94 wickets in a profession spanning 15 yr.
A much-loved and revered sporting luminary, he made his Ranji Trophy debut for the then Mysore state towards Maharashtra on the Central School floor on November 12, 1948. In 1952, he performed for South Zone towards an East Pakistan and Burma staff. The visiting facet included the likes of Hanif Mohammad and Anwar Hussain.
An India cap eluded Kasturirangan after 4 gamers from the south — Ghulam Ahmed, CD Gopinath and LT Adishesh had been the others — determined to drag out of the Vijay Hazare-led Indian staff on a tour of the West Indies in 1952. The gamers had apparently determined to withdraw from the tour due to the dominant presence of gamers from the north of India. The state affiliation, by Kasturirangan’s personal admission, subsequently wrote to the Indian board asking it to not take into account Adishesh and him for India choice in future.

As soon as he hung up his boots, Kasturirangan devoted most of his time to the family-owned rose backyard on the outskirts of town. His information of soils and curiosity in pitches noticed him flip a curator within the late 1960s, and he was the primary man accountable for the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, handpicked by the state affiliation president himself after whom the stadium is known as.
He continued to stay a BCCI curator till he stop in 2003.
As captain, Kasturirangan was very encouraging of children. 5 newcomers — KR Rajagopal, AV Jagannath, A Ramakrishnappa, YB Patel and EAS Prasanna — had been made their debut in the identical Ranji Trophy match towards Hyderabad within the 1961-62 season.
Paying tribute to Kasturirangan, who additionally served as a vice-president of KSCA, spin stalwart Prasanna stated: “The passing away of Kasturirangan is a private loss for me. It’s the finish of an period. He was my good friend, thinker and information. He was very encouraging as a senior and by no means shied away from permitting us to specific ourselves on the sector. Not many captains in these days would have had the braveness at hand 5 children a Ranji Trophy debut in the identical match.”
Curiously, Kasturirangan’s greatest bowling figures (6-42) had been recorded in that match towards Hyderabad.
“I owe rather a lot in my profession to that nice man who was magnanimous. I had the fortune of enjoying alongside my guru and he was part of the Indian staff in 1961-62 towards the touring England facet for a couple of matches,” recalled Prasanna. “I final spoke to him on Could 22, when he referred to as to want me on my birthday. We had an extended chat, I by no means imagined it will be our final.
Kasturirangan is survived by his spouse, two sons together with BCCI curator Okay Sriram and a daughter.


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