India newsFormer India Fast Bowler Surendranath Dies06-May-2012 07:26:00 GMT
New Delhi: Former India fast bowler Raman Surendranath, remembered for his superb swing bowling on the tour to England in 1959, died Saturday morning after a prolonged illness.
He was 75. Surendranath was a tireless medium pacer who could swing the ball prodigously and his bowling was ideally suited to English conditions.
The highlight of Surendranath's career was the tour of England in 1959, during which he took 16 wickets at 26.62 though India were blanked in the five-match Test series. He was renowned for his ability to bowl long spells, as shown by his back-to-back five-wicket hauls in the England series during which he bowled 47 overs in an innings at Old Trafford and 51 at The Oval. He was the second highest wicket-taker in the first-class matches on that tour, with 79 scalps, only behind legspinner Subhash Gupte.
He was also a part of home series against West Indies, Australia and Pakistan. He had success in his first Test against Pakistan, in Kolkata in 1960-61, but his international career ended a fortnight later as he couldn't make much of an impact in the next Test in Chennai.
His first-class career extended for eight more years, and he ended with 278 wickets at 25.37.