There is a sad news for all the cricket fans. The Former Mumbai and Karnataka Ranji Trophy cricketer, Sharad Rao passed away. As per the informed sources, Cricketer Sharad Rao passed away due to a cardiac arrest last night.
Sharad was 60 years old and was former right arm medium pacer. He was a part of the team Bombay Ranji Trophy squad which was led by late Eknath Solkar. Eknath defeated Bishan Singh Bedi’s Delhi team in 1980-81 final to get the trophy.
Fast Bowler Sharad Rao Passed Away!
Former fast bowler Sharad Rao’s first class career crossed from the 1980-81 season to 1985-86. He played 10 games and took 16 wickets with 4 for 27 as his best figures. He also scored an average amount of runs with the bat. Sharad charged up 118 runs with a best of 40.
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Sharad Rao also played for Karnataka in the national championship and represented the Karnataka Sporting Association in local cricket tournaments.
He even played for Tata Sports Club in the inter-offices tournament.
Interestingly, once Sharad bowled to a 14-year old Sachin Tendulkar in the Kanga League Match. Hemant Kenkre the first captain of Tendulkar for Cricket Club of India (CCI) in 1988. Once he recalled their game and said, “Against Karnataka Sports Association, they were batting second and the pitch was deteriorating. Young Sachin walks in at No. 4 and I was the non-striker. The first ball he faced off Sharad Rao, a former Karnataka Ranji medium-pacer, he hit it straight over middle-stump for a six. That six spoke a lot about Sachin’s attitude; it showed his fearlessness. It was not a slog, but a beautiful shot — copybook.”
Rao was one of the cricketers who went on to establish himself in the domestic circuit.