Ex-cricketer Polly Umrigar passes away

Former Indian captain Polly Umrigar died of cancer on Tuesday, his family said.

india Updated: Nov 08, 2006 02:51 IST
G Krishnan

Cricket legend Polly Umrigar passed away at his Worli Seaface residence at 8.30 pm on Tuesday. He was 80.

Umrigar, who held most of the batting records in Indian cricket before the emergence of Sunil Gavaskar, is survived by his wife Dinoo, sons Fali and Pesi and daughter Shireen.

The former India captain was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a malignant growth of white blood cells in the lymph system, a few months ago. The end, according to Shireen, was peaceful. “He died in his sleep,” she said, adding that he fought the condition gamely but eventually lost to age. The body was taken to the Tower of Silence later in the night. The funeral will be held at 3.45 pm on Wednesday.

‘Polly Kaka’ lived in Sportsfield apartments on Worli Seaface, home to some of the country’s top cricketers and athletes. Former India batsman Sandeep Patil said: “He always wanted to help. I was going through a torrid time before the 1983 World Cup, falling to deliveries outside the off-stump. He asked me to make an imaginary line outside the off-stump and took me to Wankhede to demonstrate the technique. He was a sweetheart.”

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First Published: Nov 07, 2006 22:25 IST