Former Maharashtra captain Raju Bhalekar no more


Mumbai: Former Maharashtra Ranji Trophy team captain Raju Bhalekar, who played as a middle-order batsman for more than a dozen years, died in Pune today, according to information received here.

He was 66 and is survived by wife, a son and US-based daughter.

Bhalekar, a stylish batsman who amassed 3,877 runs in 74 First Class games averaging just under 40 with a highest of 207 not out, had undergone a heart bypass surgery last week.

He died of multiple organ failure, it was learnt.

The former cricketer started his First Class career in the early 1970s and played till mid-1980s.

In all, he struck seven hundreds.

Bhalekar also played in eleven 50-over domestic games.

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