The death of one of the domestic giants of Indian cricket, Rajinder Goel was shocking news for one and all in the fraternity. Former and present Indian cricketers along with the BCCI officials remembered the 77-year-old legend after his demise and shared posts on social media.
Tendulkar and Ganguly mourn the death of Goel
Sachin Tendulkar recalled him calling him a ‘stalwart of Indian Domestic Cricket’ and wrote, “Saddened to hear about the passing away of Rajinder Goel ji! He was a stalwart of Indian Domestic Cricket picking up more than 600 wickets in the Ranji Trophy. May his soul Rest in Peace and my heartfelt condolences to his near and dear ones.”
Former Indian cricket team captain and current BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly wrote his condolence statement, “The Indian cricketing community has lost a giant of domestic cricket today. His staggering record tells you about his craft and the control he had over it. To have a career that lasts more than 25 years and still be able to perform consistently speaks about his dedication and commitment towards the game. To be able to pick 750 wickets needs years and years of hard work and I salute his efforts. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his family.”
Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, VVS Laxman were other prominent cricketers to have joined Tendulkar and Ganguly in mourning the death of the legendary Goel.
Jay Shah recalls the legend
Rajinder Goel played 157 first-class games to claim 750 wickets. The left-arm spinner still holds the record for most wickets taken in Ranji Trophy with 637 wickets to his name which 107 more than S Venkataraghavan, the second name on the list.
Jay Shah, the board secretary said, “His longevity should inspire upcoming cricketers to excel and improve every time they take the field. BCCI honoured him with Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.”