MS Dhoni’s CSK to felicitate former Tamil Nadu cricketers ahead of UAE takeoff for IPL 2021: India’s much-loved sports team, Chennai Super Kings will honor and celebrate former cricketers who played for Tamil Nadu at a special function today in Chennai.
Over the past 85 years, Tamil Nadu has produced a lot of cricketers who have built the foundation for the thriving sport as we see it today. As it is well known, cricketers in the early 50’s and 60’s did not get much monetary benefit playing the game that we all love so much.
In recognition and appreciation of their immense contribution towards the game, TNCA has instituted a one-time payment of Rs. 5 Lakhs to cricketers, grounds men, match officials and others who helped build our sport.
MS Dhoni’s CSK to felicitate former Tamil Nadu cricketers ahead of UAE takeoff for IPL 2021
Welcoming this initiative, CSK whose home base is Chennai, Tamil Nadu have come forward to show their love and respect to these veterans and will be contributing Rs. 7 Lakhs each to some of the veteran cricketers – the number synonymous with our much-loved captain.
CSK encourages their large fan base of over 27million fans to celebrate the achievement and show their Yellove to these veterans.
The beneficiaries include:
1. Shri K R Rajagopal – A superlative batsman and wicket keeper who played for Tamil Nadu. He was distinctly unlucky to miss out on the 1967 Indian team tour to Australia by a whisker despite his prolific scores in that year’s Domestic tournaments, amassing nearly 800 runs in the Ranji Trophy.
2. Shri Najam Hussain – A great all-rounder who played for Mysore, Madras and Jolly Rovers in the 1960s & scored a century for Mysore against Hyderabad in a historic match that created a world record for the first time in 80 years of cricket. All the 20 wickets claimed by Mysore were dismissals recorded as ‘Caught’.
3. Shri S V S Mani – He played for Tamil Nadu & South Zone alongside legends such as VV Kumar, S Venkataraghavan, AG Milkha Singh, Jaisimha, Prasanna and AG Kripal Singh and was in the Test Reserve of the Indian team.
4. Shri R Prabhakar – A Tamil Nadu Ranji player who often opened the bowling with his medium-pace cutters and batted well down the order. His 160+ knock in 30 overs of the Hindu Trophy included 16 sixes and fourteen fours is still etched in the minds of people who witnessed the knock.