Sanjay Dobal, a well-known club cricketer and former Delhi U-23 support staff member, passed away on Monday (June 29) after failing to recover from the infection caused by COVID-19, a source close to the family informed.
The 53-year-old Dobal is survived by his wife and two sons, the elder of whom, Siddhant, plays first-class cricket for Rajasthan while the younger, Ekansh, made his debut for Delhi U-23.
"Dobal showed symptoms and was first admitted to a medical facility in Bahadurgarh, a week back. He had tested positive for Covid-19. However, his condition deteriorated and was shifted to a Dwarka hospital with better facilities. He was given plasma but the treatment didn't work," a DDCA official in the know of things told PTI.
Dobal, a family figure at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground, was well-known among prominent Delhi cricketers such as Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Mithun Manhas. He played for the Sonnet Cricket Club, where Tarak Sinha coached him.
Gambhir and Manhas had come out on Twitter to appeal for plasma donor for Dobal, which was then arranged by Aam Aadmi Party MLA Dilip Pandey.
Dobal couldn't get through to the Delhi Ranji Trophy side. But had a big contribution in the set-up, as he was involved in coaching youngsters after finishing with playing days for Air India.
He was also the local manager for Indian women's home Test against England at Jamia.
Indian cricketers, former and current, all mourned the untimely demise of Dobal.
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