[caption id="attachment_638681" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-638681" alt=" Getty Images (Representational Image)" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Generic-image.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Getty Images (Representational Image)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><b>Mumbai:</b> Former Mumbai and Karnataka Ranji Trophy cricketer, Sharad Rao, died here last night following a cardiac arrest, according to informed sources. The 60-year-old former right arm medium pacer was part of the then Bombay Ranji Trophy squad, led by late Eknath Solkar, which defeated Bishan Singh Bedi's Delhi team in the 1980-81 final to lift the trophy. Rao, whose first class career spanned from 1980-81 season to 1985-86, played ten games and grabbed 16 wickets, with 4 for 27 as his best figures. <p></p> <p></p>Rao also played for Karnataka in the national championship and represented the Karnataka Sporting Association in local cricket tournaments. He also played for Tata Sports Club in inter-offices tournaments. Rao also bowled to a 14-year old Sachin Tendulkar in a Kanga League match. Hemant Kenkre, Tendulkar s first captain for Cricket Club of India (CCI) in the 1988 Kanga League A Division recalled once. Against Karnataka Sports Association, we were batting second and the pitch was deteriorating. Young Sachin walks in at No. 4 and I was the non-striker. The first ball he faced off Sharad Rao, a former Karnataka Ranji medium-pacer, he hit it straight over middle-stump for a six. That six spoke a lot about Sachin s attitude; it showed his fearlessness. It was not a slog, but a beautiful shot copybook," he said.