Kochi: Jan 16, 2013
Indian team not wearing black armbands during the second One-Day International (ODI) against England in the memory of former Test cricketer Rusi Surti has raised eyebrows as this is considered a norm in international cricket to pay respect to the departed personalities of cricket fraternity.
According to a report in Mid Day, Australian cricketers wore black armbands to pay homage to the daughters of their team manager, who died due to complications at birth.
Surti, who was a brilliant fielder too, played his 26th and final Test also at the same venue — Cricket Club of India — against Bill Lawry‘s Australian team in November, 1969.
The former India all-rounder was an integral part of the team led by the late Pataudi during the 1960s and toured West Indies under Contractor in 1962.
He notched up 1263 runs at an average of 28.70, with 99 against New Zealand at Auckland in 1968-69 being his highest score. He scored nine half-centuries and bagged 42 wickets. He also took 26 catches.
(With inputs from PTI)