Veteran cricket historian and statistician Anandji Dossa passed away, aged 98 in New York, September 22.
Blessed with a computer-like brain and an elephantine memory, Anandji Dossa
was a pioneer in compiling cricket statistics and scores.
Dossa and his wife had moved to the United States last year to be with their
He made his presence felt in Indian cricket by introducing the culture of scoring
and stats. He did live scoring for all major cricket tournaments for the All India
Radio for the first three decades of Independent India.
Dossa can also be credited with grooming cricket statisticians and scorers.
His handwriting was impeccable. He would produce a number of handwritten
sheets of paper about statistical and other information. It was usually a futile exercise to find fault in his crystal-clear scoring or whatever information he provided on
demand from broadcasters.
Not only commentators, at times, even cricketers would ask Dossa for statistics
and other information. He was close to many Indian cricketers and even in the off-
season his telephone would ring constantly. He himself would approach cricketers
and tell them that they needed some runs or a few wickets to achieve a landmark!
Come December and tennis legend Roger Federer will visit India to par- ticipate in the Indian leg of the
International Premier Tennis League.
Federer will lead the league’s Indian fran-
chise, the Indian Aces. Since he will be
here for only two days, he asked his fans
on Twitter to Photoshop him and show
him the places he must visit. Here are
Pranav Agarwal (@pranavten) came up with this hilarious image (actual image was of the Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal in Varanasi) with this caption: ‘You have to visit the Ganga river & take a holy dip!!’
It’s not totally clear who Photoshopped this one, but it was quite stunning, and posted on Twitter by @scan_dash
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar’s tryst with Australia and ‘The Don’ con- tinues. The legendary Indian bats- man was to be inducted as a Bradman Honoree along with former Australia captain Steve Waugh at a gala dinner in
Sydney October 29.
Tendulkar, who had the honor of meeting Bradman on the legendary Aussie
batsman’s 90th birthday at his Adelaide
home, was later listed in an all-time XI
prepared by the The Don himself.
‘Now I never saw myself play, but I feel
that this fellow is playing much the same
as I used to play,’ Bradman had said.
Cricket legend Anandji Dossa passes away at 98
Tendulkar to be inducted as Bradman Honoree
Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev was honored with a lifetime achievement award at a ceremony in the House of
Lords in London, the United Kingdom.
The award, constituted by the Indo-European Business Forum, was presented
to the former India captain September 24
evening for his contribution to the sport
and for his work in the field of uplift of
poor and destitute communities through
the Khushii society.
‘I am very proud to be Indian,’ Dev said
in his acceptance speech. ‘Today India is
ready to do business with anybody in the
world. I used to hate England because
they ruled my country but I am happy
they gave us the game of cricket, which
they can’t play very well, and the English
language, which I can’t speak very well.’
Kapil Dev honored at the House of Lords
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