Hitting centuries on the cricket field may be normal for batsmen. But Vasant Raiji completed a century in real life by turning 100 on Sunday.
Raiji was a right-handed batsman who has played in several first-class matches in the 1940s. He has a score of 277 runs, with 68 being his highest score.
Besides being a cricketer, Raiji is also a historian. He has been playing since the tender age of 13 where he played his first test match as a part of the Indian team. He ardently follows the game and has witnessed the entire journey of Indian Cricket.
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Indian cricket idol Sachin Tendulkar visited Raiji accompanied by former Australian captain, Steve Waugh. He later took to Twitter to wish Raiji.
“Wishing you a very special 100th birthday, Shri Vasant Raiji.
Steve & I had a wonderful time listening to some amazing cricket stories about the past.
Thank you for passing on a treasure trove of memories about our beloved sport,” Sachin tweeted along with a short video.
Wishing you a very special 1⃣0⃣0⃣th birthday, Shri Vasant Raiji.
Steve & I had a wonderful time listening to some amazing cricket 🏏 stories about the past.
Thank you for passing on a treasure trove of memories about our beloved sport. pic.twitter.com/4zdoAcf8S3
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 26, 2020
Raiji has written several books and has played with legends like Lala Amarnath, Vijay Merchant, CK Nayadu, and Vijay Hazare.
The oldest first-class cricketer has successfully entered the 100s club. “The secret of his longevity is his passion for the game. It has not died,” says his daughter Renuka, who is visiting from Perth in an interview to a leading daily newspaper.
Vasant Raiji himself is quite happy and content. “It is a feeling of joy that I am celebrating my 100th birthday,” he said in the interview, sitting next to his wife Panna, who is 94. “I am not bedridden, that’s why I am enjoying my 100th year. If the health is down and if you are bedridden then there is no point living. It is a gift from God.”
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