Mumbai, May 09: A former Indian cricketer, Rajinder Pal, passed away on May 9, at the age of 80. The right-arm fast bowler breathed his last at his home in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The former Delhi Ranji player got an opportunity to play in one and only Test match in his career for the Indian team.
In his only Test match for India, Rajinder Pal bowled a total of 13 overs (in both innings) in which he gave only 22 runs for no wickets. Rajinder was then dropped from the team and wasn’t really given another chance to showcase his talent on the international level.
Rajinder Pal played his debut & last Test match for India against the visiting England team in the year 1964. Also making a debut in that match was Bhagwath Chandrashekhar, who went on to have a flourishing Indian career, unlike his fellow teammate.
However, Rajinder Pal had an impressive first-class record. In the 98 first-class matches that he played, he took a total of 337 wickets in them. Being an economical bowler that he was, his economy average was only 2.91 per over. Rajinder took 23 five-fors and took 10 wickets in a match, twice in his entire career.
His brother Ravinder Pal, who has also played first-class cricket, informed that his brother – Rajinder Pal – passed away at his residence (in Dehradun). His younger brother informed that Rajinder is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.