PM condoles death of legend Hazare

Published: Sunday, December 19, 2004, 20:03 [IST]
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New Delhi:Prime Minister Manmohan Singh led the cricket lovers in condoling the death of legendary player Vijay Hazare saying the news would be received with deep sadness.

"Cricket lovers in India and the world over will receive with deep sadness the news of the passing away of Padmashree Vijay Hazare. I join his admirers and fans in paying tribute to the first captain to lead our cricket team to victory."

"He did so at a time when India had not yet made its mark internationally, and it is through the contributions of pioneering sportsmen such as Hazare that our cricketers are amongst the best in the world," Singh said in his condolence message.

Sports Minister Sunil Dutt also expressing grief over the death of the legend and recalled Hazare's contribution to the Indian cricket.

"Cricket lovers would remember him as the first captain who lead our team to victory," he said.

Hazare died here this afternoon after battling intestinal cancer. He was 89 and had been kept on life support system for the past couple of days.

Hazare's teammate and former chairman of selection committee Chandu Borde said in Pune:

"Hazare was a human being par excellence who had no enemies on or off the field. Hazare was very respected, a great human being, a great patriot who played with the heart on his sleeves," Borde, who played alongside Hazare for Baroda from 1955 to 1960, said.

Mushtaq Ali, who turned 90 yestareday, could not bear the shock of the his contemporary's death and fell down suffering and suffered minor injuries in his back and head.

"Doctors have advised him rest and he is not in a position to react to the sad development," Gulrez Ali, a former Ranji trophy player, said in Indore.

"Hazare and my father played together since 1946 and they respected each other a lot," he said.

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