Former Bihar Ranji cricketer Jodh ‘Pappu’ Singh passes away in Jamshedpur

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Jamshedpur, Aug 9: Former Ranji Trophy cricketer, selector and coach Jodh Singh who represented Bihar in Ranji trophy matches and played for East Zone in a match against the West Indies side led by Alvin Kalicharan in the 1978-’79 season and troubled the calypso batsmen with his medium swing deliveries, passed away at his Telco Condominium Apartment residence due to a cardiac attack at 2 am on Sunday, August 9 at the age of 66 years. He was a diabetic and was also being treated for high blood pressure.

Jodh whose nickname was Pappu played for Bihar during the 1970-’80 period acquitting himself well as a lower middle order batsman and an effective new ball bowler. As Jodh passed into history, cricket lovers and cricketers were shocked on hearing of his death.

Besides being a distinguished all-rounder, Jodh Singh served as a selector and coach. He was a selector for the Jharkhand Ranji Trophy team, Under-19 and Under-16 teams. At the time of his death, Jodh Singh was a member of the Sikkim State Cricket Association as an ICA representative. Popular Jharkhand and East Zone batsman Ishank Jaggi is Jodh Singh’s son-in-law. His mortal remains were consigned to flames at the Swarnrekha crematorium in the afternoon.

ICA representative Avinash Kumar, former Ranji cricketer Jitu Patel and other payers condoled Jodh Singh’s sudden demise.

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