Anant Gaundalkar. Picture Courtesy: Mid Day
Anant Gaundalkar. Picture Courtesy: Mid Day

Well-known cricket statistician Anant Gaundalkar passed away in Mumbai on Monday. He was 59. Gaundalkar, suffered a stroke in 2014 which rendered him unconscious till the very end.

As a Cricket statistician, he was was very famous in the 1980s and 1990s . He provided cricket statistics to several publications. A major portion of his work was published in the The Afternoon Despatch and Courier.

Former Sports Editor of Mid-day, Sharad Kotnis and the newspaper’s editor Behram Contractor mentioned Gaundalkar in several of their Round and About by Busybee columns. “The redoubtable Anand Gaundalkar,” was how Contractor referred to the stats man in his back page, satire columns.

Always neatly dressed and well groomed, Gaundalkar’s statistical inscriptions on white A4 sheets used to land on sports desks of media organisations of all over the country. Apart from cricket, he could even provide statistical data on big events like the Olympics and tennis Grand Slams.

Rest In Peace, Anant Gaundalkar.

(Information and Image courtesy: Mid Day)