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Veteran Cricket Statistician Anandji Dossa died at 98

Sep 23, 2014 14:14 IST

The veteran cricket historian and statistician Anandji Dossa died on 22 September 2014 in New York, US. He was 98. Dossa in 2013 moved to the US along with his wife to be with their daughter.

The doyen of the Indian cricket's scoring and statistics started collecting the newspaper cuttings of every India match since first test in 1932 to 1990s in form of a scrapbook. His scrapbook had minor details that evolved into an integral part of cricketing scoring. This scrapbook is an encyclopedia of Indian cricket in itself.

His collections are preserved by BCCI under the name Anandji Dossa Library on the premises of the club. The preservation work was done under the stewardship of former CCI and BCCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur to whom Anandji donated his collections.

About Anandji Dossa

• He was a former cricketer who remained as a reserve in Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy but never succeeded to break into the side
• He introduced the culture of cricket scoring and stats and also helped in grooming several cricket statisticians and scorers.
• For the first three decades of independent India, he did live scoring for all major cricket matches of India for the All India Radio.

He also authored some books and they were
Duleep - the Man and his Game, the book was co-authored with Vasant Raiji
Cricket Ties: India-Pakistan and Art of Scoring (in Gujarati)


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