Rajinder Goel, the former left-hand spinner and Ranji Trophy record holder has died on Sunday at his home in Rohtak, Haryana. The legendary player was 77 and played domestic cricket for Haryana, Punjab, and Delhi. Read about Rajinder Goel’s death reasons and cause.
The late cricketer played for 25 years, from 1958 to 1984, and retired at the age of 42. During his time, Goel collected 750 wickets in Raji Trophy matches.
Rajinder along with his accomplice Padmakar Shivalkar (Mumbai), clean bowled the best of batsmen in the scene for nearly three decades with their revolutionary left-arm spinners.
The duo shared a strong friendship even off the ship. Goel and Shivalkar, 80-years-old, were two of the greatest spinners produced by India. Though, they did not get the chance to represent the country in international cricket. But their legacy still remains intact. Check out Rajinder Goel death causes and reasons.
Rajinder Goel Death Reason & Cause
At 77, Rajinder Goel died due to natural causes, age-related illnesses at his home in Rohtak. Goel’s death news was confirmed by BCCI.
He left behind a lovely wife and a son Nitin Goel, an ex-cricketer.
Rajinder Goel Death: Legacy
Goel skills were praised by all the cricket and non-cricket enthusiasts. Once upon a time, Bukha Singh Yada, an infamous dacoit, wrote a letter from his prison cell in Gwalior Jail to praise the cricketer for scoring over 600 Ranji wickets.
The only wish that remained unfulfilled is that we could not see such a brilliant spinner play on international grounds and defend India as spectacularly as he did at the homeland. Goel described the misfortune as “yeh sab kismet ka khel hai”, according to Hindustan Times.
Rajinder Goel Dead: Twitter Mourns Legend’s Death
Harsh Bhogle tweets:
Very sad to hear that a giant of Indian cricket, Rajinder Goel, has passed away. Champion bowler.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 21, 2020
Very sad news Rajinder Goel ji is no more #RipRajindergoel ji 🏏
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 21, 2020
Heartfelt condolences at the passing away of legendary left arm spinner Sh. #RajinderGoel, who holds the Ranji Trophy record for most wickets. His contribution to domestic cricket was immense. May his family & fans find strength in this difficult time. May his soul RIP.
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) June 21, 2020
Rest in peace Rajinder Goel Sir. My thoughts and prayers with the family. God bless your soul 🙏 pic.twitter.com/qH7ZCIFsIC
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 21, 2020
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 21, 2020
Rajinder Goel Wiki, Biography
Rajinder Goel was born in United Punjab’s Narwana village in 1942. He faced numerous difficulties during the migration period when Pakistan was formed. He chose to reside in Haryana.
The late legend played his first Ranji Trophy match in 1958 while representing Haryana. In a test match series during 1979-80, he took nine wickets against Australia.
Both Goel and Shivalkar were recognized by BCCI in 2016 with Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.
In his retirement days, Goel opted to coach new aspirant cricketers. He opened a cricket academy. At the same time, Goel also served as Chairman of the Junior National Selection Committee.
“It is a huge loss for the game of cricket and personally for me. He was one of the best, if not the best left-arm spinner that this country has ever seen. His contribution to the game post retirement was massive,” Ranbir Singh Mahendra, former BCCI President from Haryana told PTI.
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