Legend Vijay Hazare laid to rest

Published: Monday, December 20, 2004, 0:20 [IST]
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Vadodara:Legendary cricketer Vijay Hazare, who died yesterday after a prolonged illness, was today laid to rest in the Methodist Church premises in Nizampura area here.

His former teammates Chandu Borde, D K Gaekwad, national selection committee chairman Kiran More, former chairman of the national selection committee Anshuman Gaekwad, BCCI joint secretary Prof Ratnakar Shetty, BCCI official Gautam Dasgupta and former BCCI secretary J Y Lele were among others who were present on the occasion.

City mayor Naranbhai Patel and District Collector Bhagyesh Jha also paid their respects.

Later talking to PTI, Borde said that great cricketer Don Bradman had high regards for Hazare and had described him as a "great batsman".

Borde who led the Indian team during its 1968 Australian tour, said Bradman had asked about Hazare's health during his meeting with the Indian team and asked him (Borde) to convey his regards to the Indian batsman.

Describing Hazare as his 'guru', Borde said he learnt various techniques of the game from him while playing for Baroda in Ranji Trophy matches from 1955-60.

BCCI joint secretary Shetty said Hazare brought status to the game of cricket.

More, who is also Baroda Cricket Association general secretary said Baroda cricket owes a lot of its achievement to Hazare and except one Ranji trophy couple of years ago, Barodahad won all the trophy in Hazare's presence.

He said the present generation cricketers should follow Hazare and let their performance speak for them.

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