Former Tamil Nadu and Team India batsman Tirumalai E Srinivasan passed away on the morning of Dec 6 after a long battle against brain cancer. Having already undergone two surgeries, the 60-year-old Srinivasan was due to have a third when he died.
Srinivasan first made waves with a creditable knock of 112 for South Zone versus North Zone in the Duleep Trophy in the 1977-78 season. Following a successful run with the bat, including 129 in the 1980-81 Deodhar Trophy final and an unbeaten century against Delhi in the Irani Trophy, Srinivasan secured a place in the national side and embarked on the season's tour of Australia and New Zealand. Unfortunately, he didn't make much of an impact Down Under, scoring 48 in his lone Test and flopping in the two one-dayers.
Though his international career didn't quite take flight, Srinuivasan was regarded as one of the best batsmen from Tamil Nadu alongside Kris Srikkanth. He did have a successful stint in the Yorkshire League playing for local team Wodehouse, so much so, that he won the praise of former England captain Michael Atherton, who in his autobiography 'Opening Up', described the veteran batsman as wild, aggressive and totally unorthodox.
After taking on fiery bowling line-ups in his earlier life, Srinivasan was up against the ugly scourge of brain cancer in his latter. Immediately after he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour at the age of 54, he underwent an extensive operation which revived him. But a hazardous follow-up operation to remove the residual tumour, left him practically paralyzed and speechless. He showed remarkable improvement after adopting a second line of treatment recommended by doctors from New York University. He even entertained hopes of helping other cancer patients and starting a cancer foundation. But his ultimately debilitating condition prevented him from realising that dream.