Highest Wicket Taker in Ranji Trophy >> Rajinder Goel Passes Away

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Highest Wicket Taker in Ranji Trophy >> Rajinder Goel Passes Away

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Rajinder Goel, Ranji Trophy's highest wicket-taker, passes away

June 21 2020

A left-arm orthodox for Haryana, Goel picked up 750 in 157 first-class matches

Rajinder Goel, the veteran left-arm spinner, breathed his last at his residence in Kolkata on Sunday (June 21). The 77-year-old was suffering from long-term illness.

Goel holds the record for most wickets (637) in the history of Ranji Trophy. He also picked up 25 wickets in a Ranji Trophy season as many as 15 times. After retiring from the game, Goel served Haryana as a selector. He was also a part of the selection panel that picked the Under-19 team for the Under-19 World Cup in 2000. His son, Nitin, also played first-class cricket for Haryana.

"The Indian cricketing community has lost a giant of domestic cricket today," BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said. "His staggering record tells you about his craft and the control he had over it. To have a career that lasts more than 25 years and still be able to perform consistently speaks about his dedication and commitment towards the game. To be able to pick 750 wickets needs years and years of hard work and I salute his efforts. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his family."

Even though Goel didn't play for India, he was known as one of the finest spinners of his time. Goel, born in Narwana, Haryana, came into prominence when he was adjudged as the best bowler of all All India Schools tournament. He made his first-class debut at the age of just 16 for Patiala against Services in 1958-59, picking up the wicket of Surinder Bali. By 1962-63, he had shifted over to Delhi. He also ended that season with 25 wickets at an astounding average of 14.8 in first-class cricket.

Goel's maiden 10-wicket haul came in the 1964-65 season against Northern Punjab. Incidentally, in that game, he was pitted against India's legendary left-arm spinner Bishan Singh Bedi, who was playing for Northern Punjab. Goel moved over to Haryana in 1973-74, and immediately made an impact by picking up 8 for 55 versus Railways.

Goel's consistent performances were rewarded, as he was included in India's squad for the Bangalore Test versus the West Indies in 1974-75, but wasn't selected in the playing XI. In 1979-80, he showed his class and quality by taking a six-wicket haul for North Zone versus the touring Australians. After playing first-class cricket for around 26 seasons, he retired from the game aged 44.

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