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Former Test cricketer Eknath Solkar is dead

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Last updated on: June 26, 2005 23:44 IST
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Former Test cricketer Eknath Solkar died in Mumbai on Sunday of cardiac failure. He was 58.

Solkar, who was ill for the last four to five days, died at his residence, according to former team-mate and ex-India captain Dilip Vengsarkar. 

Born on March 18, 1948, in Mumbai, Solkar was known for his brilliant close fielding, especially at short leg.

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He played 27 Tests between 1969 and 1976-77.

Solkar was a gritty left-handed lower order batsman and useful left-arm bowler who could bowl slow-medium or orthodox slow.

He was instrumental in the success of the famous Indian spin quartet in 1970s due to his extraordinary reflexes and brave attitude, which helped him take some blinders and spectacular catches in the short leg position.

Solkar represented Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy and also played for West Zone in Duleep Trophy.

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