Vasant Naisadrai Raiji (26 January 1920 – 13 June 2020) was an Indian first-class cricketer and cricket historian.
1 Life and career
3 See also
5 External links
Life and career
Raiji was born in Baroda. He 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. His younger brother Madan also played first-class cricket for Bombay.
At the end of Raiji's playing career, he turned to writing, and is the author of several important works on early Indian cricket. He was an accountant by profession and authored two books on the subject.
Towards the end of his life he lived in the Walkeshwar area of South Mumbai. On the death of B. K. Garudachar in February 2016 he became India's oldest first-class cricketer. He celebrated his 100th birthday in January 2020, attended by Steve Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar. On 7 March 2020, he became the oldest living first-class cricketer following the death of John Manners. He died on 13 June 2020, survived by his wife and their two daughters.
Ranji: The Legend and the Man (1963)
Duleep: The Man and His Game (co-edited; 1963)
Victor Trumper: The Beau Ideal of a Cricketer (edited; 1964)
Ranji: A Centenary Album (edited; 1972)
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 (edited; 2005)
From Presidency to Pentangular (with Mohandas Menon; 2006)
Cricket Memories: Men and Matches of Bygone Days (2010)
Lists of oldest cricketers
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