EPITAPH : RUSI MODI

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Welcome to Epitaph for D’s Art Takes. Here we present the creative legacies of influential people, who are no longer among us. Today we invite you to take a look at the life of the Indian cricketer, Rusi Modi.

Rustomji Sheriyar Modi, known as Rusi Modi, was born in 1924, in Bombay, India. Modi was passionate about sports even as a young man. In fact, he represented Maharashtra in inter-state table tennis matches. Apart from this, he was also excellent at tennis and badminton. However, cricket, he found, was his true calling. And so he made a career out of it. A very successful career.

Cricket Forever : Rusi Modi

In the mid 20th century, the Bombay Pentangular was a very popular cricket tournament held in the city. When Modi made his debut in one of these matches, he floored everyone by scoring a century. He was only 17 at the time. Moving on to the prestigious Ranji Tropy, once again, Modi got people to notice him. He made a record-breaking aggregate of 1008 in 5 matches. His record remained unbroken for approximately 4 decades. This was at age 20.

After years of successively impressive performances, Modi made it to the Indian cricket team. People who watched cricket in the era continue to remember him fondly. For his innings during India’s tour of England in 1946. Or even West Indies tour of India in 1948. Whether India won a match or not, Modi proved to be a talented and dependable. Unfortunately, Modi’s cricket career was arguably cut short due to personal reasons. He eventually disappeared from the pitch – leaving fans confused and disappointed.

Rusi Modi died in 1996 at the Cricket Club of India.


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