India’s older first-class cricketer Vasant Raiji passed away in the wee hours of Saturday in Mumbai.Also Read - KL Rahul Not Looking for Test Captaincy, Says if it Happens Then Will Try to Take Team Forward

He was 100 and is survived his wife and two daughters. Also Read - Mohammad Azharuddin Picks India's Future Test Captain, Says He Is Our No 1 Player In All Formats Ahead of Virat Kohli

“He (Raiji) passed away at 2.20 am in his sleep at his residence in Walkeshwar in South Mumbai due to old-age,” his son-in-law Sudarshan Nanavati told PTI. Also Read - Explained: Why Did Virat Kohli Resign As the Test Captain of India Cricket Team | Six Pointers

Raiji had turned 100 earlier this year in January, marking the occasion by cutting cake with batting Sachin Tendulkar and one of the greatest Australia captains Steve Waugh.

“It is with profound sadness that BCCI has learnt of the passing of Vasant Raiji, a former first-class cricketer and historian, who had turned 100 earlier this year on 26th January,” BCCI said in a statement.

“After his retirement, he joined his family business, but passion for cricket kept him associated with the sport. He was a founding member of the Jolly Cricket Club in Mumbai and wrote books on Ranjitsinhji, Duleepsinhji, Victor Trumper, CK Nayudu an LP Jai. He also loved collecting books and memorabilia,” it added.

He was a a right-handed batsman and went on to play nine first-class matches in the 1940s, scoring 277 runs with 68 being his top score.

He made his debut for a Cricket Club of India team that played Central Provinces and Berar in Nagpur in 1939. Later on, in 1941, he made his Mumbai debut, against Western India under the captaincy of Vijay Merchant.

Raiji was also a cricket historian and chartered accountant and was 13 when India played its first Test match at the Bombay Gymkhana in South Mumbai.

According to the news agency PTI, Raiji’s final rites will take place at the Chandanwadi crematorium in South Mumbai on Saturday afternoon.