Raghunath Chandorkar, the oldest living Ranji Player to celebrate 100th Birthday

The COVID-19 pandemic may have ruined many birthday plans. However, their importance remains intact in our lives. Raghunath Chandorkar, who has represented Mumbai and Maharashtra in first-class cricket, will celebrate his 100th birthday on November 21.

Before Chandorkar, only two Ranji players have celebrated their 100th birthday. Vasant Raiji and Dinkar Balwant Deodhar being the other two. Chandorkar who use to bat in the middle order for Maharashtra. played five Ranji Trophy matches from 1943-44 to 1946-47. In the year 1950-51, he opted to play for Mumbai.

The former Ranji player has been bedridden for the last six years. Due to Alzheimer’s he has lost all his memory. though watching cricket on TV is among the few things that catch his interest said daughter-in-law Vinita.

“We don’t know what is going through his mind but he does watch cricket on TV,” she said.

As a safety precaution against Covid-19, Chandorkar was shifted to an old age facility in September. Chandorkar now lives a quiet life in the Mumbai suburb of Dombivli. 

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