Former India cricketer AG Milkha Singh died following a cardiac arrest at Chennai on Friday, family sources said. He was 75 and is survived by wife, a son and daughter. Milkha Singh played four Test matches in the early ‘60s. His elder brother Kripal Singh, also played for India in 14 Tests. They played together in one Test against England in 1961-’62.
A flamboyant left-hand batsman and a fine fielder, Milkha Singh made his Ranji Trophy debut at 17 and played his first Test soon after after turning 18. He had a fruitful career for Madras (now Tamil Nadu) in the Ranji Trophy. He scored over 4,000 runs in first-class cricket, which comprised of eight centuries. The southpaw was employed with the State Bank of India.
His nephew, Arjan Kripal Singh played in the Ranji Trophy for Tamil Nadu and scored a memorable triple century in a game against Goa in 1987. He was involved in a massive partnership in that match with WV Raman, who also brought up a triple ton as Tamil Nadu piled up 912.
Veteran coach MK Iqbal, a close associate, said Milkha Singh was a stylish batsman, who served the state team for a long time and guided several young cricketers. His final rites would be held Saturday, his family members were reported as saying.