Fielder ~~nonpareil~~ Eknath Solkar is no more

Published: Monday, June 27, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Former India cricketer Eknath Solkar, who was known for his outstanding close-in fielding, died on Sunday in Mumbai after a cardiac arrest, his family announced.

Solkar, 57, who played 27 Tests in the late 1960s and early 70s as a left-handed all-rounder, helped the famed spin quartet of the era rout opposing teams with his valuable support in the field.

Bishan Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwat Chandrashekhar and Srinivas Venkatraghavan almost always had Solkar fielding close to the bat, most often at short-leg or forward short-leg.

Solkar made 1,068 runs and took 27 wickets with his seam bowling apart from grabbing 53 catches in Tests. He also played seven One-dayers.

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