A century for Vasant Raiji: India’s oldest living first-class cricketer turns 100 today
- Vasant Raiji was 13 years old when India played the first Test match at the Bombay Gymkhana in South Mumbai.
- He has been a witness to the entire journey of Indian cricket.
- He played in 1940s.
India’s oldest first class cricketer Vasant Raiji completed his life century on Sunday. Right-handed batsman Raiji has turned 100 years old. He played nine first-class matches in the 1940s, scoring 277 runs. His highest score was 68 runs.
Historian Raiji was 13 years old when India played the first Test match at Bombay Gymkhana in South Mumbai. He has been a witness to the entire journey of Indian cricket. He played for Bombay (now Mumbai) and Baroda.
Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar recently went to meet Raiji with former Australia captain Steve Waugh. Tendulkar wrote on Twitter, ‘Happy 100th birthday to you Mr. Vasant Raiji. Steve and I had a great time with you and heard some amazing cricket stories from the past. Thank you for taking forward the treasure of memories about our beloved game. ‘
Raiji has shared the dressing room with Lala Amarnath, Vijay Merchant, CK Naidu and Vijay Hazare. He has written many books.