Hoshang Amroliwala a.k.a Homi, the former Mumbai cricketer, passed away on Friday (December 29) aged 86. The last rites will be carried out later today according to the authorities at the Parsi Tower of Silence.
A career that spanned little less than a decade, Amroliwala played 44 games between 1956-57 and 1963-64. Out of those 44 games, 35 came for in the Ranji Trophy for the then Bombay Cricket Association. A prolific run-scorer, Amroliwala amassed 1,782 runs at an outstanding average of 44.55 with the help of two centuries. His highest-score was 139.
Mainly a batsman, he also picked up 14 wickets with his handy leg spins in addition to taking 31 catches and affecting one stumping. He also played in two Irani Cup games for the then Ranji Champions Bombay – the inaugural one in 1959-60 and another in 1962-63 – against the Rest of India.
Amroliwala went on to represent Bombay CM XI, CCI President’s XI, Bihar Governor’s XI, M K Vizianagaram XI and for Tata SC XI in the Moin-ud-Dowla tournament in Hyderabad, which then had the first-class status. He also plied his trade for the century-old Parsi cyclists club in the local Kanga League A division in the 1950s and 60s.
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