A hero Indian cricket has not treated fairly

S Venkataraghavan is one of those rare cricketers who has just about donned every hat in the cricketing world: India player, India captain, national selector, team manager, state association secretary, ICC umpire, ICC match referee and lot more.

Yet, the man has gone through unbelievable humiliations. In 1974-75 home series against the West Indies, Venkat was demoted to 12th man after captaining the previous Test. And in 1979, he heard that he was sacked from the pilot on the flight’s PA system while on the flight back home from England.

For a man who finished with over 1000 First-Class wickets, including over 500 in the Ranji Trophy, and who played a major role in two of the most memorable overseas series wins in Indian cricket history over the West Indies in 1971 and against England the same year, even the Padma Shri came rather belatedly in 2003.