Rajan Bala

Rajan Bala (1945 or 1946 – 9 October 2009), who used a shortened form of his full name Natarajan Balasubramaniam, was a noted Indian columnist on cricket.

Rajan Bala

Best known as someone who toured with every Indian cricket team from 1968 to 2003, Rajan Bala was technically accomplished in cricket techniques even though he was a journalist. In 1997 Sachin Tendulkar, who was having some problems with his technique, approached him for advice.[1]

Rajan was not afraid to back a player who he felt had potential. A graduate of the London School of Economics, he decided to trust his heart and involve himself in cricket. Rajan earned the respect of many all-time great cricketers including Tiger Pataudi.[2] He also wrote many books on cricket, including biographies of Tendulkar and Bhagwat Chandrasekhar.[3][4]

Rajan died in Bangalore on 9 October 2009 due to kidney failure. His last book, a memoir titled Days Well Spent, was released a month later. He was 63 years old, and was survived by his wife and two sons.[5][6]


  1. ^ Haresh Pandya (10 December 2009). "Willowy Words-Rajan Bala, who distinguished himself with his profound technical knowledge of the game Dec". Cricket Today. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013.
  2. ^ Dinakar, S. (12 January 2010). "Vignettes of cricket and its stars". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Rajan Bala: Cricketers, write your own columns". sans serif. 10 October 2009.
  4. ^ Wisden 2010, p. 1656.
  5. ^ Clayton Murzello (10 October 2009). "Rajan Bala-Not a man of few words". MidDay.
  6. ^ "Rajan Bala, a stellar cricket writer, is no more". sans serif. 9 October 2009.