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Ganguly condoles death of former coach

cricket Updated: Mar 30, 2009 19:59 IST
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Former India skipper and Kolkata Knight Riders icon player Sourav Ganguly today condoled the death of his childhood cricket coach Buddhadev Banerjee who died of cerebral stroke at a city nursing home earlier.

Ganguly had just returned to the dressing room after a strenous two and half hour practice session at the KKR conditioning camp at Eden gardens this afternoon, when he got the news that the hearse with the body of Banerjee arrived at the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) club house.

He came out of the dressing room immediately and placed a wreath on the body of Banerjee as a mark of respect to one of his first cricket teachers.

Banerjee, who died of cardiac arrest at a North Kolkata nursing home last night, helped the child Ganguly brush up skills when the little boy frequented Dukhiram Mazumdar Cricket Coaching Centre under Aryans club in Kolkata maidan with his maternal grand father Sacchidananda Chatterjee.

Banerjee, who was 63, was a former staff of CAB and a cricket umpire. He also provided statistics to the All India Radio during cricket commentaries.