Former Delhi Outswingers Rajender Pal Passes away

  |    May 13th, 2018   |   0

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Former Delhi Outswingers Rajender Pal Passes away

Frequently known as the Lionhearted and nicknamed Pali’s because he was tall (5’ ft” 9 inches) and cheerful smiling his face. Former valuable Ranji player, Rajender Pal considered one of the greatest cricketer of his era died on May 9, 2018. He was 80.

An alumnus of Hindu College (University of Delhi), Rajender Pal’s run up, fine action and appropriate delivery stride helped him specialize in outswinger, outstanding batsman had no option but to leave them along.

In Ranji Trophy, he bagged 298 wickets. The unfortunate cricketer unlucky Pali was called upon to play a solitary Test against England at Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1963-64. In the first innings, he bowled 11 overs, conceded 19 runs and went wicket less. In the second, he bowled just two overs for three runs. He should not have been selected if the selectors did not consider him deserving enough. But since he was selected, he should have been given sufficient opportunities to prove or disprove himself. No doubt, he was not the one treated raw deal in Indian Cricketer. He was born in Delhi on November 18, 1937. He served Delhi, Punjab and North Zone for many years before retiring. Rajender Pal great contribution is his appropriate suggestion to former Indian winning World Cup captain in 1983, Kapil Dev in sharpening his swing bowling. Pali’s helped to make cricket widespread in Uttarakhand especially Dehra Dun.

Suresh Kumar Lau