Rusi Surti dies aged 76
Former India all-rounder, Rusi Surti, aged 76, passed away in Mumbai on Sunday morning. The Queensland, Australia-based former cricketer was put on life-support after suffering a major heart-attack.
A left-handed batsman and left-arm bowler capable of bowling medium pace and spin, Surti represented India in 26 Tests between 1960 and 1969. He played Ranji Trophy for Gujarat and Rajasthan and played 35 Sheffield Shield matches for Queensland.
Surti scored 1263 runs in Tests at an average of 28.7 with a highest score of 99 and took 42 wickets at 46.71. Besides being a handy all-rounder, Surti was one of the best fielders that India has produced. Known for his grit and fearlessness, Surti, an agile athlete was stunning to watch in the point and cover-point region.
The highlight of Surti’s Test career was the twin tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1967-68 where he emerged the highest run-getter. He scored 688 runs at 45.50 in the eight Tests and picked 22 wickets.
Surti’s first-class career spanned from 1956 to 1972. He made his debut for Gujarat against Bombay at the Brabourne Stadium and played his last match for Queensland against South Australia at the Gabba.