Walter D’Souza, one of India’s oldest cricketers, passes away
Former Gujarat cricketer, Walter D’Souza, one of India’s oldest first class cricketers, has died. The middle-order batsman was one of the two surviving members of the Gujarat team (Jyotindra Shodhan is the other).
The middle-order batsman played in the final of Indoor Ranji Trophy against Holkar in 1950-51 season for Gujarat. His team was deprived of the title by losing the match by 189 runs in the match, but he played a remarkable innings of 50 and 77 in two innings.
It was reported that D’Souza died on Thursday morning while sleeping in his residence at Khar in Mumbai. At the time of his death, he was 93 years old.
He featured in 16 matches for Gujarat in his career. He scored 821 runs in 27 innings at the average of 35.69. His first-class career was about two decades long from 1947-1948 to 1965-1966. He also played in Mumbai’s Times Shield for Associated Cement Companies (ACC).
D’Souza was excited when Gujarat under Parthiv Patel secured the Ranji Trophy by beating Mumbai at Indore in 2017. Afterward, he went to the Brabourne Stadium to watch them challenge the Irani Cup. D’Souza exceeded expectations in athletics before cricket turned into his passion.