Saurashtra Ranji Trophy winner Avi Barot dies aged 29

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The batter died on Friday following a cardiac arrest

Avi Barot, the Saurashtra batter, occasional wicketkeeper and part-time offbreak bowler, died on October 15 at the age of 29 following a cardiac arrest.

“Avi was an exceptional and remarkable cricketer,” the Saurashtra Cricket Association said in a statement on its website; Barot had started his domestic career in Gujarat before moving to Saurashtra, and had turned out for Haryana in between too.

Barot played 38 first-class matches, the same number of List A games, and 20 T20s – 21, 17 and 11 of them respectively for Saurashtra. He aggregated 1547 runs at an average of 48.49 in first-class cricket, 1030 runs at 28.61 in List A cricket and 717 runs at 37.73 in T20s.

“This is absolutely shocking and painful to learn about Avi’s sad demise,” Jaydev Shah, the former Saurashtra captain who is now president of the association, said in a statement. “He was (a) great team-mate and had great cricketing skill. In all recent domestic matches, he had performed remarkably well. He was very friendly and (a) noble human being. We all at Saurashtra Cricket Association are in deep shock.”



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