By Rons Bantwal
Daijiworld Media Network—Mumbai (RD/CN)
Mumbai, Jun 20: Former cricketer and coach of the Indian cricket team 76-year-old G R Sundaram, who played two Tests for India against New Zealand in 1955, died here today following a short illness.
Hailing from Padubidri in Udupi district, Sunderam, a right arm medium pacer, played in the third and fourth Tests of the 1955-56 home series against the Kiwis and took three wickets, after opening the bowling, including a personal best of 2-48 in his last appearance.
Sundaram was a renowned cricket player and a trainer with the Karnataka Sports Association here. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, and three sons including popular cricketer and trainer Pradeep Sundaram.
Prof Ratnakar Shetty of BCCI, Dr Padmanabha V Shetty, and cricketer Jaya A Shetty expressed condolences on the demise of the veteran cricketer.
The last rites were held on Sunday evening at the suburban crematorium in Amboli on Sunday evening.
Cricketers Lalchandra Rajpat, Chandrakant Pandit, Balvinder Sandhu, Pradeep Vijayakant and several others trained by Sundaram arrived at his residence to pay their last respects.