Former Delhi cricketer dies in Mumbai

New Delhi, Nov 26: Former Delhi Ranji cricketer Gyaneshwar Prasad Thapliyal has died after losing a one-year battle against cancer in Mumbai.

Thapliyal was receiving treatment for cancer in Nanavati Hospital before breathing his last yesterday evening, his family said today.

Thapliyal, who was 69, was cremated this morning.

He is survived by wife, a son and a daughter.

He played 68 first-class matches from 1958-74 for Delhi and southern Punjab and was the first cricketer from north zone to pick nine wickets in an innings.

After representing Delhi for 16 years, he also worked as Ranji selector, manager of the North Zone team for Deodhar Trophy when Kapil Dev was the captain.

Bureau Report