Mumbai-Indias oldest first-class well known cricketer Vasant Raiji, who was at 100, died in his sleep at his residence in Walkeshwar in South Mumbai.
He was born in Baroda. He 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.
At the end of Raiji’s playing career, he turned to writing, and is the author of several important works on early Indian cricket.He celebrated his 100th birthday in January 2020, attended by Steve Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar.On 7 March 2020, he became the oldest living first-class cricketer following the death of John Manners.