Veteran journalist and sports commentator Kishore Bhimani passes away

One of the most sought-after Indian cricket writers who would be wooed by British publications in the 1980s, Bhimani was also on air during the final moments of the famous 1986 tied Test against Australia at Chepauk.

Kishore Bhimani, seen here with Kumar Sangakkara, was one of the most recognised English voices of the 1980s.   -  Special Arrangement

Veteran sports journalist, writer and commentator Kishore Bhimani passed away on Thursday after contacting COVID-19. He was 80 and is survived by his wife and son.

Bhimani was keeping unwell for sometime and according to a release issued by the nursing home, he passed away due to “sudden cardiac death; he was suffering from Covid Pneumonia (Lower Respiratory Tract Infection), Ischaemic Heart Disease, Severe Alzheimer's disease, Advanced Parkinsonism, Non communicating Hydrocephalous, Traumatic Subdural Haematoma and Hypertension.”

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Bhimani completed his studies at the London School of Economics after graduating from St. Xavier's College in Kolkata. He joined The Statesman in 1964 and rose to become its sports editor. He would be remembered for bringing a literary flavour to his cricket reportage. Bhimani influenced a new trend in sports writing with his unique style and approach.

He was also a famous voice in cricket commentary in the 1980s and 90s and worked both for All India Radio and Doordarshan. According to those who closely remember him, Bhimani was commentating (for Doordarshan) when Greg Mathews took the wicket of Maninder Singh in the famous Tied Test at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in September 1986 (India vs Australia).

Bhimani penned several books, including one on India’s tour of West Indies in 1976 titled India’s Caribbean Adventure. But what earned him fame was his non-sports fiction ‘The Accidental Godman.’

He was closely associated with the Calcutta Sports Journalists' Club and served as its president from 1978 to 1980. The news of his death brought a pall of gloom in the sports fraternity of the country.

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