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Anil’s tribute to Wadiyar

Calcutta/Bangalore: Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, who reclaimed the post of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) president at the elections last week, passed away in Bangalore following a heart attack on Tuesday. He was 60.

Wadiyar and his group returned to power in the KSCA on December 1, after sweeping all the 24 posts at the elections. He took over the post from former India captain Anil Kumble, who defeated him in the 2010 elections. Wadiyar beat Sadanand Maiya, who was supported by Kumble, in the presidential race.

“He was a respected individual. Personally, I have had very limited interactions with him — once when he invited me for a party at his palace and the other when he called up to congratulate me after I became the captain of India,” said Kumble.

Till late in the evening the rules weren’t clear as to who would take over as KSCA president. Vilasrao Deshmukh, who was the Mumbai Cricket Association president, had died one year after assuming office. Ravi Savant then took over as president.