An era comes to an end with the death of the oldest first-class cricketer of India, BK Garudachar. The cricketer changed the way the game was perceived and played in Mysore. The all-rounder played around 27 matches scored 1126 runs, picked up hundred wickets. He was one of the towering pillars of Karnataka cricket.
BK Garudachar spent his childhood in Chikmagalur. He went to Central College, Bangalore. His extraordinary talent in sports like tennis and cricket made it easy for him to enter the college teams where State player, M Vijayasarathy became his mentor. Academically, he was brilliant and graduated from the Benaras University. His love for sports never died. In the Ranji Trophy, he represented United Provinces (Uttar Pradesh) and remained the tennis champion for straight four years in the Benaras University.
In November 1935, he made his first class debut where he played for Mysore against Madras in Ranji Trophy. For a decade, he appeared in the Ranji Trophy matches, mainly representing Mysore, some for United Provinces (Uttar Pradesh) and Bombay. He was a right-arm leg-spin bowler and a right-handed batsman. His one and only century came in the 1946 Ranji Trophy semi-final against the Holkar team. After he retired from playing cricket, he became a part of the Mysore State Cricket Association. He also worked as an engineer. At the age of 99, on 26th February, 2016, the legend passed away.
GR Viswanath: It is a sad day for Karnataka cricket as we have lost one of our pillars. He was among those gems who sowed the seeds for the game in this state, the fruits of which we are reaping now. He is one of the finest cricketers the state has produced and it is sad that he missed out playing for the country. When we occasionally met, he regaled us with stories and I remember him telling me about how he would fool the batsmen with his googlies.
I wish he had played for India; he would have been the first person to do so from Karnataka (or Mysore, as the state was known then)
Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA): President, Hon. Secretary and Members of the Managing Committee of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, deeply regret the sad and sudden demise of former Ranji (Trophy) Player Sri BK Gaurdachar. May his soul rest in peace
Madhav Apte: I remember playing with him at CCI. He was a gentle soul who was very nice to us. He was a competitive cricketer known for his leg-break and googly.
(FAN OF Mr. BK GARUDACHAR)
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