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Former Test batsman Hanumant Singh dead

Last updated on: November 29, 2006 13:09 IST
Former India Test batsman and International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Hanumant Singh died on Wednesday from organ failure after suffering from dengue and hepatitis B, cricket officials said. He was 67.

Nephew of the great K.S. Ranjitsinhji, Hanumant scored a century on Test debut against England in 1963-64 but only played 13 more Tests, registering five fifties while missing a century against a touring Australia by six runs in the following season.

Compact and correct, the 'Prince of Banswara' was prolific in domestic cricket, amassing 12,338 runs at 43.90 with 29 centuries in a first-class career that spanned over 20 years.

Hanumant was a respected ICC match referee, officiating in nine Tests and 54 one-dayers between 1995 and 2002.

He has also served as selector and coached at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore where he had a hand in the development of several of the current Indian cricketers.

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