Former BCCI chief selector and Rajasthan captain Kishan Rungta succumbed to the coronavirus at a hospital in Jaipur on Saturday. He was 89.
The veteran administrator had examined optimistic for the virus final week. “He was down with COVID-19 for the last eight days and prior to that, he was not keeping well for a couple of days. Once the positive reports came, we immediately admitted him in a hospital and he succumbed this evening,” his son Kishore Rungta – a former BCCI treasurer – instructed Sportstar.
Before taking on cricket administration, Rungta performed First Class cricket for Maharashtra and Rajasthan from 1953/54 to 1969/70. And after retirement, he served within the nationwide choice panel and through his tenure, he had prompt the thought of recording choice conferences to make sure transparency.
In 1997, Rungta, M.P. Pandrove, Shivlal Yadav and Sambaran Banerjee have been a part of the choice committee led by Ramakant Desai. The panel had requested Sachin Tendulkar to resign as captain after Test sequence defeats in South Africa and the West Indies adopted by a poor four-nation match at Sharjah. He was changed by Mohammed Azharuddin, whom Tendulkar had changed in 1996.
His elder brother P.M. Rungta was the chief of the Indian cricket board.