Cricketer Hemant Kanitkar passes away

June 10, 2015 10:38 am | Updated 10:38 am IST - Mumbai

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.

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