Sunder Rajan: A tribute

Published: Monday, March 27, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
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Sunder Rajan, former sports editor of The Times of India, passed away on 20 February 2000. At the time of his death Sunder Rajan had been writing on cricket for the past 40 years.

The article below was the last article he did in his life. In the words of his son Mohan Rajan, "On Wednesday night, he wrote half the article and then fell asleep. On Thursday morning, he could not get up, so I helped him finish the article, by keying it while he dictated it to me. This was the first time one of us helped him by keying in an article."

"His mind was still very sharp. In spite of the tremendous pain we could see him going through, he insisted that I read out the entire article after I had composed it and corrected errors and mistakes that I could not detect."

Though the Test series is over, the obituary below and his last article are being carried as a tribute to the man, with the hope that it will still give the selectors something to think about.

Tribute to Sunder Rajan
Last Sunday Sunder Rajan lost his gallant, eight-month long battle with cancer. He was 63 and leaves behind his wife and two sons. In this obituary K Bhaskaran tells us more about the man and his times.

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"When the selectors meet to choose India's team for the first Test against South Africa, they will have to temporarily put on hold their avowed policy of promoting youngsters and think in terms of a judicious mixture of youth and experience..." Read Sunder Rajan's final article before the Mumbai Test.

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