R. Raghavan, a former State cricketer and footballer, passed away on January 13. He was 78. Hailing from Coimbatore, Raghavan graduated in Commerce from Kovai Government Arts College. After moving to Chennai, he played first division league for BRC, and then for State Bank of India for over two-and-a-half decades.
An all-rounder who bowled off-spinners, he was a hard-hitting batsman. He donned the State’s colours in two Ranji Trophy matches. He was a regular with the all-India State Bank team in various other championships. He was also a member of the selection committee (under-19) for the State association. A popular footballer and a proficient goalkeeper, Raghavan figured for State Bank in the senior division league and represented the State in the Santosh Trophy National championships for over five years. He is survived by wife, son and a daughter.