Anandji Dossa worked as a statistician for the BCCI © Sarang Bhalerao
Anandji Dossa worked as a statistician for the BCCI © Sarang Bhalerao

Sep 22, 2014

Legendary cricket statistician Anandji Dossa passed away on Monday. He had worked as the official statistician of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He had turned 99 on September 15.

Former Mumbai captain Shishir Hattangadi informed about the death of the famous personality in Indian cricket on Twitter.

Writing for CricketCountry, Sudhir Vaidya, who has been a statistician for BCCI since 1980s, had said that Dossa had retained the newspaper cuttings of India’s first tour to England in 1932.

“Anandjibhai’s contribution to Indian cricket is unique. His collection of newspaper cuttings is well arranged in scrapbooks. Those cuttings begin from India’s first tour to England in 1932! If he hadn’t done that, we would have been denied of many of cricket’s rich historic past. The scrapbook also had notes recording events of major and minor importance,” Vaidya wrote.

Those notes contained observations, statistical details or interesting anecdotes of the match. For example, in one of the games, Vijay Merchant was benched due to an illness and he had to do the scoring for all the three days. That small little detail is found in Anandjibhai’s notes in the match report. All his notes are very priceless,” he added.

According to a report in the Pakistan Observer, Anandji was living in USA. Both his daughters are in the country with the elder daughter Kunju Ashar working as a medical examiner and the younger, Anju, an architect.