London, 21 June: Dicky Rutnagur (in photo), one of the most renowned sports journalists and commentators of yore, today passed away in London aged 82.
Rutnagur, who was born on 28 February 1931, covered 300 Tests in a fabulous career lasting half-a-century.
He was associated with various Indian publications between 1958 and 1966 as a cricket correspondent; he later moved to London in the mid-60s where he not only covered county cricket but also wrote about squash and badminton for the Daily Telegraph. He also wrote two books – Test Commentary (India v England 1976-77) and Khans Unlimited (the history of squash in Pakistan).
Former India spinner Bishan Singh Bedi along with several Indian and British sports journalists paid rich tribute to Rutnagar on social media.
“Giant crikt writer/comentator Diky Rutnagar dies in London unsung-leaves behind rich Parsi culture Joyous crkt moments- RIP Dicky Boy-gr8 to know U!,” Bedi tweeted.
Senior cricket journalist Ayayz Memon wrote, “Grand Old Man of cricket journalism (print and broadcast) has died in London. RIP.”
Mike Walters, a senior sports reporter with Mirror, also tweeted remembering Rutnagur.
“RIP Dicky Rutnagur – one of the finest, nicest, funniest and most acerbic (often in the same sentence) county cricket scribes,” Walters tweeted.