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MG Bavanarayanan, a member of Tamil Nadu cricket team that created history by winning a maiden Ranji Trophy title in 1954-55, passed away in Chennai on Wednesday morning. He was 90.

He played in five Ranji matches and when Tamil Nadu again won India’s premier domestic title during the 1987-88 season, he was a state selector.

Popularly known as Bava, he represented Madras against Ceylon in M J Gopalan Trophy in 1953 and was the top-scorer in the first innings with 71.

“Bava was an accurate medium pacer who could exploit a batsman’s weakness. As a batsman he was very defensive but had the ability to play strokes later on in his innings. He could bat through tough situations for Tamil Nadu and Port Trust, in the TNCA first division league. And he was one of the best cover fielders we ever had,” former India legspinner V.V. Kumar was quoted as saying by The Hindu.

Tamil Nadu Cricket Association [TNCA] said Bavanarayanan worked for the development of cricket in the state. “Bavanarayanan served in various capacities for the improvement and development of the game in the City and Districts, particularly in the Kancheepuram District Cricket Association,” TNCA said in a statement.