Bangalore: Rusi Surti, the former Indian Test cricketer, passed away on Sunday (January 13) morning in Mumbai. He was 76 years old, and is survived by his two sons.
Surti’s health had been unsteady since he suffered a massive heart attack on Thursday afternoon. Doctors at Jaslok Hospital, where he was being treated, suspected a neurological disorder and he had been put on ventilator.
Surti, a left-handed batsman and a left-arm bowler who could bowl both pace and spin, was a valuable asset to the Indian team during the 1960s. His versatility, as well as the reputation of being one of the finest close-in fielders of his generation, had earned him the tag of ‘poor man’s Garry Sobers’.