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Rahul Mankad, son of Vinoo Mankad passes away | Cricket News – Times of India


MUMBAI: In a development which left the country’s cricket community shocked and saddened, Rahul Mankad, a former Mumbai cricketer and son of legendary cricketer Vinoo Mankad, passed away on Wednesday after a brief ailment at the age of 66 in London.
Mankad played 47 first-class matches for Mumbai between 1972 and 1985, in which he scored 2,111 runs@35.77, with five hundreds and 12 fifties, besides picking up seven wickets@35.71. He was a part of the team’s Ranji Trophy triumphs multiple times. He also played 10 List A matches, in which he scored 66 runs. He’s survived by his wife and two daughters.
Having taken severe exception to the term ‘Mankaded’ every time a bowler ran out a non-striker who was backing up unfairly, as he felt it insulted his father, Mankad won a long battle earlier this month when the Marylebone Cricket Club finally decided that it should no longer be treated as an unfair means of dismissal, and be considered as a run out. “My reaction is, about bloody time!,” he had told this paper from a London hospital.
Sadly, he was in no condition to celebrate it after having suffered multiple heart attacks while on a visit to London from Dubai, where he was based out of.
Rahul was the brother of former India batsman Ashok Mankad. “I’d played with him for the Bombay Schools team (that side included Sandeep Patil too), and then for Mumbai. In the 1976-77 season, I had a long partnership with him in a Ranji Trophy game against Maharashtra at the Nehru Stadium in Pune. I had scored 96, and he made 161. After I was out to a long hop, Ashok Mankad cracked a double hundred,” recalled former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar while talking to TOI.
“I played with him at Hindu Gymkhana and when I started my first-class career. So we spent a lot of time together in the dressing room at both the places. Being his roommate was a taxing thing because he was such a clean, meticulous, organised person about his clothes and cupboard! One thing you would be assured of with him is that the room would be clean thanks to him! There was a lot to learn from him in terms of cleanliness! I’ve great memories of him!,” said former Mumbai captain and current Baroda Cricket Association CEO Shishir Hattangadi.
“He was always one for a good laugh, and was very witty. He had a good sense of humour. He was one of best ‘turned out’ cricketers in those days. He used to remain very prim and proper in his clothing and equipment. Even off the field, he used to be well-dressed. At that time, we used to wear stitched clothes, but he used to get his clothes from brands in England because he played there. He gave me a ‘Crown’ trouser when I made my debut. I wore it for many years. I used to tell him that ‘my first English trouser was the one you’d given me.’ We kept in touch after our playing days. When we would meet up, we would remember the good old days, and have a good laugh about them. It was always a pleasure to meet up with him. We saw the funny side of life and of the game,” Hattangadi recalled.
“Shocked to hear Rahul Mankad passed away Comes from an illustrious cricketing family True gentleman Good cricketer more than that a great human being My heartfelt Condolences to the family May his soul RIP,” tweeted former India fast bowler TA Sekar.





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