Former Bengal cricketer Gopal Bose died on Sunday (August 26) after a prolonged kidney ailment. Bose, who played for India in only one ODI at The Oval against England in 1974, was 71.
Gopal Bose, known for his ability to play marathon innings, was an opening batsman. In 78 first-class matches for Bengal, Bose scored 3757 runs at an average of 30.79 with 8 centuries and 17 fifties. He was also a handy off-spinner, claiming 72 wickets at 26.97.
In Test cricket, Bose also came into national reckoning after scoring 170 for Rest of India in the Irani Trophy match against Bombay in 1973-74. In fact, he was picked to play unofficial Test in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) wherein he hit a 100 and shared a 194-run opening partnership with Gavaskar.
Subsequently, Gopal Bose was selected for 1974 England tour. However, he failed to replicate his domestic performances in tour matches and thus didn't make it to the playing XI Test matches.
After retiring from first-class cricket, Bose served Bengal cricket as a selector and coach of the junior team. He was also the manager of the triumphant U-19 World Cup team in 2008.
Bengal cricket fraternity took to Twitter as soon as they heard the news of the demise of Gopal Bose. They paid rich tributes to one of the giants of Bengal cricket.
Here are some of the tweets:
Lost a very dear person today ..luckily he was with his entire family in Birmingham ..will miss him ..may his soul rest in peace pic.twitter.com/yiqgMjicSR— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) August 26, 2018
Shattered to hear about the demise of Gopal Bose, loved discussing cricket with him. Difficult to find a better student and a teacher of the game. You will be missed sir ????????— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) August 26, 2018
Sad 2 inform u al about the demise of our Very own Gopal sir. He was d member of the INDIAN test team nd Captain of bengal cricket and a great Coach as wel in which he helped so many former bengal players 2 achieve their best in cricket. May God help his soul in restin in peace????— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) August 26, 2018