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Oct 27, 2012 at 05:00pm IST

Former Ranji player Raja Ali dies at 36

New Delhi: Former Railways batsman and well known first-class cricketer Raja Ali passed away under tragic circumstances after suffering from massive cardiac arrest at his hometown Bhopal Sunday night.

The 36-year-old left-hand batsman, who was an important part of two Ranji Trophy and one Irani Trophy winning Railways squad, didn't get any help from the onlookers who saw him writhing in pain and lying on the pavement of the famous VIP Road in Bhopal.

It was cops who discovered that a man was lying unconscious and rushed him to hospital, but the former cricketer was declared brought dead.

Former Ranji player Raja Ali dies of heart failure at 36

He played for Railways and Madhya Pradesh and scored 4,337 runs in 87 first-class matches.

The left-hand batsman had scored 4,337 runs in 87 first-class matches with nine centuries and 22 half centuries but will always be remembered for his contribution for Railways in the two finals that they won.

In the 2001-02 against Baroda, he scored 66 while he made 80 in the 2004-05 final against Punjab at Mohali.

Former India allrounder JP Yadav, who was with Raja till 11 O'clock, feels that had the people who were travelling by been a bit more "sensitive", his "best friend wouldn't have met a tragic end."

"Actually, both of us went for a death anniversary function of an official of our former club. I was travelling on his bike. He dropped me near my residence and then left for his house. Then I learnt that he suffered a massive attack," Yadav told PTI over phone from his Bhopal residence.

"As he (Raja) understood that it was a cardiac arrest, he stopped his bike and lay on the pavement. VIP Road is a busy area and lot of people come for their evening walks after 10:30 pm. They saw a man lying there in pain but didn't come up for help. May be, if he could have been rushed to the hospital at the right time, he could have been saved," Yadav checked his emotions with great difficulty.

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