Legendary first-class spinner Rajinder Goel died on Sunday after succumbing to illnesses.
He was 77 and is survived by his wife and son Nitin Goel, who has also played First-Class cricket and is a domestic match-referee.
"It is a huge loss for the game of cricket and personally for me. He was one of the best, if not the best left-arm spinner that this country has ever seen. His contribution to the game post retirement was massive," former BCCI president Ranbir Singh Mahendra said, expressing his grief.
The left-arm spinner, who was unlucky to have played in the era of Bishan Singh Bedi, had 750 First-Class wickets from 157 games, representing Haryana and North Zone in domestic cricket.
It was Bedi who presented him the BCCI's CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.
He played First-Class cricket till age of 44 and before him, Kapil Dev was the greatest cricketer to have emerged from Haryana.
Here's how Twitter reacted to Goel's demise:
Former cricketer Rajinder Goel, aged 77, who holds the record for most wickets (637) in Ranji Trophy, India's premier first class competition passed away today. #RIP.
In 157 FC matches he claimed 750 wickets, despite which he never played for India. He was a left arm spinner.
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 21, 2020
Very sad to hear that a giant of Indian cricket, Rajinder Goel, has passed away. Champion bowler.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 21, 2020
Very sad news Rajinder Goel ji is no more #RipRajindergoel ji 🏏
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 21, 2020
Sad to hear about the demise of Rajinder Goel.. Go well, Sir.. May your soul rest in peace..
— WV Raman #TheWinningSixer (@wvraman) June 21, 2020
Man with the most Ranji Trophy wickets & a domestic stalwart Rajinder Goel is no more. Picked 750 First-Class wickets yet never played for India. A dacoit wrote to him congratulating him on picking 600 Ranji Trophy wickets. Goel ji was happy & even replied to him #RIP sir pic.twitter.com/m3cXcBIX8F
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 21, 2020
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) June 21, 2020
With inputs from PTI.
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