HYDERABAD: Former Andhra and South Zone cricketer D.V. Meher Baba passed away here on Wednesday after prolonged illness. He was 58.
The gutsy all-rounder of yesteryears, who rubbed shoulders with some of the big names of Indian cricket including G.R. Visvanath, E.A.S. Prasanna and Salim Durrani, was one of the probables of the Indian team for the 1980 New Zealand tour.
Widely rated as one of the hardest-hitters in domestic cricket, Meher Baba was a regular member of the South Zone teams against the touring teams during his first-class career spanning between 1971 and 1987.
“It is a personal loss to me. He was such a lovely person always willing to be there for anything related to the sport,” N. Shivlal Yadav, Secretary, Hyderabad Cricket Association.
“We will badly miss this towering personality and it is a pity that someone who was one of a towering personality in South Zone cricket, had to meet this fate, battling the dreaded cancer,” Shivlal added.
Former ACA Secretary, N. Venkat Rao and ex-HCA Secretary, P.R. Man Singh, were among those who mourned the death of Meher Baba.
Meher Baba made his debut against Mysore (now Karnataka) in Vijayawada during the 1971-72 season.
He played continuously for 16 seasons for Andhra except during 1978-79 when he represented Hyderabad, a release from the ACA said.
Meher Baba played 63 Ranji matches scoring 2,574 runs and claimed 163 wickets. His highest score was an unbeaten 134 against Goa at Kadapa in 1985-86 when Andhra won the South Zone title for the first time.
He represented South Zone in Duleep Trophy and Deodhar Trophy and played against the West Indies team in a three-day match held in Hyderabad during the team’s tour during 1978-79.
Members of the Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) and Krishna District Cricket Association (KDCA) on Wednesday condoled the death of Meher Baba.