Budhi Kunderan dies off lung cancer in UK

Published: Friday, June 23, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:A predecessor of today's Mahendra Singh Dhonis, former India stumper Budhi Kunderan has died off lung cancer at the age of 66 in Glagow, Scotland today.

Disillusioned with the politics in the then BCCI, Kunderan had emigrated to the UK and settled at Glasgow, family sources said.

An aggressive batsman and equally dapper behind the stumps.

Kunderan made his Test debut against Australia in 1959-60 and even opened the bowling in a Test in England in 1967.

He had a healthy rivalry with Farouk Engineer for the stumper's job and played 18 Tests and scored 981 runs at 32.70 with two hundreds and three fifties and his highest knock was 192.

Against England in 1963-64, he became the first stumper to pass 500 runs for a Test series.

As a stumper, he held 23 catches besides seven stumpings against his name.

In his debut match, Kunderan hammered a double century for Railways.

A victim of board politics, he emigrated to the UK when he was 30 and represented Scotland in the Benson and Hedges Cup in England.

Born Budhisagar Krishnappa Kunderan on October 2, 1939 at Mulki (Mangalore), Karnataka, he reprsented India, Scotland, Mysore and Railways.

The India-England tie at Birmingham in 1967 was the last Test match he played.

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