The best wicketkeeper batsman from Mumbai earned a lot of name in his career and established himself as a veteran.
Mehli Irani gave 57 years of his life in the Kanga League of Mumbai. (Symbolic picture)
Preparations for the 14th season of the Indian Premier League are in full swing. Less than a week is left in the start of the world’s most popular T20 league IPL (IPL 2021). The IPL-14 will kick off in Chennai on 9 April, with Virat Kohli’s captain Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rohit Sharma leading a record six-time champion team Mumbai Indians. But before that, bad news has come out for Indian cricket fans. Mumbai’s Mumbai wicket-keeper Batsman Mehli Irani has passed away. Mehli breathed his last at the age of 90 in Dubai. There is a wave of mourning in Indian cricket on the death of this tall wicket-keeper batsman. Many veteran cricketers have mourned the death of Mehli and paid tribute to him.
Nadeem Menon, a member and noted curator of the Apex Council of the Mumbai Cricket Association, told PTI that Mehli died in Dubai on Saturday. He was cremated the next day. Mehli Irani is the star of Indian cricket, who gave the Mumbai’s prestigious Kanga League 57 valuable years of his life. The Indian cricket team’s Digi Nari Contractor, Farooq Engineer, Karsan Ghavri and Ghulam Parkar are also part of this league in the captaincy of Mehli.
Gavaskar, Nari Contractor expressed grief
On the death of Mehli Irani, the great batsman Sunil Gavaskar mourned and said, this news is very sad. He was probably Mumbai’s most popular cricketer. His style of speaking his words in a line was unique. When I was younger, I used to go to the Parsi cyclist camp to listen to him. Whenever I go to Bombay Gymkhana, the discussion with him will always be remembered. May his soul rest in peace. At the same time, Nari Contractor said, we played a lot of cricket together. Our relationship was very strong. He always took things in a positive way. At the same time, Nadeem Menon told that Mehli had gone there with his wife to live with his daughter in Dubai three months ago. I last met him in Dubai in December 2020.
Mehli Irani’s career
Left-handed wicketkeeper batsman Mehli Irani was born on 26 June 1930 in Bombay. He represented Bombay Gymkhana and Parsi Cyclist Club in Kanga League. As far as first-class cricket is concerned, Mehli scored a total of 99 runs in 4 first-class matches while remaining unbeaten 1 time. At an average of 19.80, he scored these runs with the help of a half-century. His highest score was 68 runs. These four first class matches also include a Ranji match which he played against Baroda for Bombay in 1953-54.
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