<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="BCCI Vice President Niranjan Shah pays tribute to Rusi Surti" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130113142327.jpg" title="BCCI Vice President Niranjan Shah pays tribute to Rusi Surti" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Niranjan Shah said Rusi Surti was an asset to any side he played for © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>New Delhi, Jan 13, 2013 </strong><br /> <br /> The Vice President of the <a href="/tags/BCCI/post" target="_blank">Board of Control for Cricket in India</a> (BCCI), <a href="/tags/Niranjan-Shah/post" target="_blank">Niranjan Shah </a>on Sunday expressed shock over the news of sad demise of former India Test cricketer Rusi Framroze Surti. <br /> <br /> "He represented India. He was a brilliant all-rounder cricketer. He was known for his all-round ability and he was asset to any side he played for. He set a new height in the fielding department in Indian Cricket," said Shah, who is also the Secretary of <a href="/tags/SCA/post" target="_blank">Saurashtra Cricket Association</a> (SCA).<br /> <br /> "A great loss to the cricketing world and his soul may rest in peace," he added.<br /> <br /> The Australia-based cricketer who was on a holiday in Mumbai, died at the Jaslok hospital where he had been admitted a few days ago, following a 'stroke'.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Surti was an integral part of the team led by the late <a href="/tags/Mansur-Ali-Khan-Pataudi/post" target="_blank">Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi</a> during the 1960s and toured West Indies under Contractor in 1962.