Rajasthan cricketer Vivek Yadav succumbs to COVID-19

Yadav, a member of Rajasthan’s 2010-11 Ranji Trophy-winning side, was battling with cancer for a couple of years. He tested positive for COVID-19 a few days ago.

Former Rajasthan cricketer Vivek Yadav passed away in Jaipur on Wednesday.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Former Rajasthan spinner, Vivek Yadav, passed away on Wednesday due to COVID-19. He was 36.

For the last couple of years, Yadav was battling with cancer, but a few days ago, he contracted the virus and was admitted to a hospital in Jaipur - where he breathed his last.  Yadav is survived by his wife and daughter.

"He was detected with stomach cancer a couple of years ago, but was recovering. A few days ago, he had to go to the hospital for regular chemotherapy and that's when he tested positive for the virus. He was admitted to the hospital immediately, but his health deteriorated," his friend and former Rajasthan cricketer Rohit Jhalani told Sportstar. The family members also confirmed the development.

Having made his first-class debut in 2008 for Rajasthan, Yadav was part of Rajasthan’s Ranji Trophy-winning side in 2010-2011 season and in that final against Baroda, he had scalped four wickets.

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In 2012, he was roped in by Delhi Daredevils for the Indian Premier League but had to warm the bench.

He featured in 18 first-class and eight List A matches, along with four T20 fixtures.

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Born in Rohtak, Yadav played domestic cricket for Rajasthan and was a regular member of the team in the 2010-11 season, under the captaincy of Hrishikesh Kanitkar.

After hanging up his boots, he started his academy and produced young talents like Akash Singh - who went on to play for the India U-19 team and Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.

His friends and former team-mates remember Yadav as one of the 'nicest cricketers', who was always ready to take on challenges. 

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