Saurashtra wicketkeeper-batsman Avi Barot, also a former India U-19 captain, died on Friday after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 29.
Barot, a member of the Saurashtra team that won the Ranji Trophy in the 2019-20 season, died while being taken to hospital after feeling unwell at his home in Ahmedabad on Friday night. He is survived by his mother and wife, who is expecting the couple’s first child.
“Avi was at home when he started feeling unwell. He was being rushed to the hospital, but breathed his last while on way. His father too suffered a heart attack at only 42 years of age,” Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) president Jaydev Shah said on Saturday.
“He was down with Covid (last year), and got vaccinated. This comes as a huge shock for all of us,” Shah added.
Barot played 38 first-class and as many List A matches with 20 T20 games. For Saurashtra, he featured in 21 Ranji Trophy games, 17 List A matches and 11 T20 appearances. The Ranji final in March 2020 was his last first-class match.