Former Mumbai wicketkeeper Kiran Ashar passes away

Former Mumbai wicketkeeper-batsman Kiran Ashar passed away at a private hospital in the city after a prolonged illness. He was 69.

Kiran Ashar was a stalwart on the maidans, having played a majority of his local cricket for Sundar Cricket Club, making sparse appearances for the Cricket Club of India.   -  Special arrangement

Former Mumbai wicketkeeper-batsman Kiran Ashar passed away at a private hospital in the city after a prolonged illness. He was 69.

Ashar featured in seven first-class games for Bombay (now Mumbai) ever since making his debut during the 1968-69 Irani Cup tie against Rest of India. He scored 305 runs at 38.25, including a hundred, and also effected 14 dismissals behind the stumps. Among his most memorable outing in the top flight was the 1976-77 Ranji Trophy final against Delhi, where he opened the batting with legendary Sunil Gavaskar.

Having played in the golden era of Mumbai cricket, Ashar couldn't be a regular in the Bombay side. But he was a stalwart on the maidans, having played a majority of his local cricket for Sundar Cricket Club, making sparse appearances for the Cricket Club of India. He also played for ACC and Nirlon in inter-office tournaments. His last rites were perfromed late on Saturday, with numerous former cricketers in attendance.

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