Kishore Bhimani passes away in Kolkata
Easterntimes, New Delhi: Veteran journalist and one of the country’s best known cricket commentators, Kishore Bhimani passed away on Thursday at the age of 80.
Bhimani was a leading voice when it came to cricket commentary in the Eighties and Nineties, having moved to television from radio as the public broadcast medium changed in the country.
Bhimani, who also edited the sports pages of Kolkata’s top newspaper, The Statesman and was a noted columnist.
Bhimani and his wife Rita, were among the well known and much loved people in Kolkata’s lively social circles.
Bhimani had received a lifetime achievement award in 2013 for his contribution to sports and media. His only son, Gautam Bhimani, is also a well-known television personality and a quiz master.
As news of Bhimani’s death early on Thursday morning reached people, tributes poured in from several quarters, especially from old-timers like former Indian cricket captain, Bishan Singh Bedi.
He tweeted: “… he was one of the good Old Fashioned Crkt writer who took Crkt writings like a player who takes to playing…Condolences to his Spouse Rita & Son Gautam.. GodBless All Always… Fondly.”
Bhimani was one of the leading commentators alongside Narottam Puri, Ravi Chaturvedi and Sushil Doshi. Bhimani had commented on the famous Tied Test in 1986.
Fellow journalists who saw him at work, were among those who paid their tribute.
“As a child listening to cricket commentary, the names Susheel Doshi, Narottam Puri, KishoreBhimani, Ravi Chaturvedi, Anupam Gulati were as famous as Gavaskar, Vishy, Kapil, Bedi, Chandra.
The voices brought the game into our homes and hearts.,” wrote veteran journalist Makrand Waingankar.