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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 November 2006, 17:19 GMT
Former India skipper Umrigar dies
Polly Umrigar
The burly Umrigar was an aggressive right-handed batsman
One of India's greatest ever batsmen, Polly Umrigar, has died aged 80 after suffering from lymphatic cancer.

Umrigar scored 3,631 runs in 59 Tests from 1948-1962, including 12 centuries.

His 223 against New Zealand was the first double century by an Indian and he also led his country in eight Test matches, winning two and drawing four.

"It is a sad loss to cricket," India's chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar said. "He was a great cricketing brain and I learnt a lot from him."

Umrigar's number of Test appearances and runs scored stood as Indian records for 16 years until they were overtaken by prolific opener Sunil Gavaskar.

After his retirement, he was chairman of selectors, India's team manager, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, and head groundsman at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.

He died at his home in the city and is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.



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