Former Maharashtra wicket-keeper Hemant Kanitkar, who played in two Tests as a batsman in the home series against Clive Lloyd’s West Indies in 1974-75, passed away in Pune at his residence Tuesday night.
The wicket-keeper batsman was 72 and is survived by his wife and two sons — Hrishikesh and Aditya.
Kanitkar, a hard-hitting wicket keeper batsman, whose first class career started in 1963, batted at no. 3 in the opening Test of the series against Lloyd’s West Indians at Bangalore and made 65 runs.
Kanitkar kept playing for Maharashtra till 1978.
In his first class career spanning a decade-and-a-half, Kanitkar amassed 5,007 runs at an impressive average of 42.79 with 13 centuries and 87 dismissals.