Vasant Naisadrai Raiji (born 26 January 1920 in Baroda) is a former first-class cricketer and cricket historian.

Vasant Raiji
Personal information
Full nameVasant Naisadrai Raiji
Born (1920-01-26) 26 January 1920 (age 100)
Baroda, Gujarat, India
BattingRight-handed
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1941-42Bombay
1944-45 to 1949-50Baroda
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 9
Runs scored 277
Batting average 23.08
100s/50s 0/2
Top score 68
Balls bowled 36
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 1/–
Source: Cricket Archive, 28 January 2015

Life and careerEdit

Raiji opened the batting for Bombay and Baroda in the Ranji Trophy, and was a reserve for the Hindus team in the 1941 Bombay Pentangular. His two highest scores came in Baroda's victory over Maharashtra in 1944-45, when he made 68 and 53.[1]

At the end of his playing career, he turned to writing, and is the author of several works on early Indian cricket. He is an accountant by profession and has authored two books on the subject.

On the death of B. K. Garudachar in February 2016 he became India's oldest first-class cricketer.[2] He lives in the Walkeshwar area of South Mumbai.[3]

His younger brother Madan was also a Bombay cricketer.[4]

He celebrated his 100th birthday in 2020, attended by Steve Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar.[5]

BooksEdit

  • Ranji: The Legend and the Man (1963)
  • Duleep: The Man and His Game (co-edited; 1963)
  • Victor Trumper: The Beau Ideal of a Cricketer (edited; 1964)
  • Ranji: A Centenary Album (edited; 1972)
  • L. P. Jai: Memories of a Great Batsman (edited; 1976)
  • The Romance of the Ranji Trophy (1984)
  • India's Hambledon Men (1986)
  • CCI and the Brabourne Stadium, 1937-1987 (with Anandji Dossa; 1987)
  • C. K. Nayudu: The Shahenshah of Indian Cricket (1989)
  • Duleep: A Centenary Tribute (edited; 2005)
  • From Presidency to Pentangular (with Mohandas Menon; 2006)
  • Cricket Memories: Men and Matches of Bygone Days (2010)[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Maharashtra v Baroda 1944-45". CricketArchive. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  2. ^ Wisden 2017, p. 196.
  3. ^ "Tendulkar, Waugh call on 99-year-old Ranji player Vasant Raiji". Sportstar. 13 January 2020. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Madan Raiji". CricketArchive. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  5. ^ "India's oldest living first-class cricketer Vasant Raiji turns 100". The Hindu. PTI. 26 January 2020. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 January 2020.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ Chandler, Martin (25 January 2020). "Salute to a Centenarian". CricketWeb. Retrieved 26 January 2020.

External linksEdit