Former TN cricket giant A. G. Milkha Singh passes away

Milkha Singh scored over 4000 runs for Madras with eight centuries.

A. G. Milkha Singh played 88 first-class matches for Tamil Nadu. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Former India cricketer A. G. Milkha Singh passed away on Friday following a cardiac arrest at a hospital here, family sources said. He was 75.

Milkha Singh played four Tests for India in the early 1960s. His elder brother Kripal Singh also played for the country, in 14 Tests. They played together in one Test against England in 1961-62.

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A flamboyant left-hand batsman and a fine fielder, Milkha Singh made his Ranji Trophy debut at 17 and played his first Test just after his 18th birthday.

 

He was the cricketing stalwart of Madras (now Tamil Nadu) in the Ranji Trophy. He scored over 4,000 runs in first-class cricket with eight centuries. His nephew Arjan Kripal Singh also played for Tamil Nadu and memorably scored a triple-century in a game against Goa in 1987. He was involved in a massive partnership in that match with W. V. Raman who too scored a triple hundred as the team piled up 912.

Milkha Singh was employed with the State Bank of India.

Expressing his condolences, former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi wrote on Twitter: “Once the most attacking left hand batsman of his times AG Milkha Singh is no more..’AG’ clan is diminishing..RIP Micky..Guru MEHR Kareh..!!”

Veteran coach M. K. Iqbal, a close associate, said Milkha Singh was a stylish batsman who served the state team for a long time and guided several young cricketers.

The final rites would be held tomorrow, his family members said. He is survived by wife, a son and daughter.