Senior sports journalist and cricket commentator Kishore Bhimani have passed away at the 80 on Thursday in Kolkata. He was admitted to Woodlands Multispeciality Hospital on September 14 and was suffering from a number of health complications. According to a media release by the hospital, Bhimani died at 6:25 AM following cardiac death.
“He had suffered a cerebral attack a few days back and was undergoing treatment,” a family source said.
He was one of the most famous English voices of the 1980s. He had also received a lifetime achievement award for his contribution in the fields of media and commentary in 2013 which was presented to him by former India all-rounder and current head coach Ravi Shastri.
“I remember how spot-on were his comments. He had once slammed me for a wrong shot on crease during a test in Eden Gardens and the same evening we shared drinks at his residence. And our ties remain so till this date,” Shastri, himself a former commentator, had said during the award ceremony.
Renowned cricket journalist Harsha Bhogle took to Twitter to pay tribute to Kishore Bhimani.
So many memories of #KishoreBhimani but the common thread running through is of a great joie-de-vivre. A fine writer with zest beyond his sport. One of the great figures of Kolkata, not just its sport. Been a privilege to know the family and be friends with Rita and Gautam,” Bhogle tweeted.
Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi also paid tribute to Kishore Bhimani on Twitter.
“RIP Kishore Bhimani..he was one of the good Old Fashioned Crkt writers who took Crkt writings like a player who takes to playing…Condolences to his Spouse Rita & Son Gautam… GodBless All Always… Fondly,” Bishan Singh Bedi wrote on Twitter.