Former Ranji player T Vijaya Paul passes away

T Vijaya Paul played 34 first class matches, making his debut in 1970. Post retirement, he became a successful coach and trained players like Ambati Rayudu and Pragyan Ojha.

By Author  |  Published: 16th Dec 2016  10:50 amUpdated: 16th Dec 2016  7:15 pm
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A young player Ambati Rayudu with coach T Vijaya Paul (on Left). Photo: By Arrangement

Hyderabad: Former Hyderabad Ranji middle order batsman T Vijaya Paul passed way early on Friday morning. He was 66. He is survived by his wife and two sons. Regarded as a solid and compact batsman, Paul played 34 first class matches, making his debut in 1970. He retired in 1984.

After he quit the game, he became a successful coach and went to produce players like Ambati Rayudu and left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha who played for the country.

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A young player Ambati Rayudu with coach T Vijaya Paul (on Left). Photo: By Arrangement

Paul was one of the pillars of the Andhra Bank team in the local leagues. Andhra Bank had also won Grand Slam tournaments in the city under his captaincy.

 P Jyothi Prasad, who played alongside Paul, mourned the death. “He was technically a very sound batsman. He had a good temperament to play a long innings,’’ he said

International umpire Ivaturi Shivram recalled  that Paul was a gentleman. “He never argued with a decision. He had a peculiar superstition. He would defend the first ball, irrespective of whether the ball was bowled short, full toss. But once he settled down at the crease, he stood like a wall. He had tons of patience.’’

A Nandakishore, former Ranji captain, said Paul was one of the finest coaches. “He had a very good knowledge of the game. Many of the current batsmen benefited from his coaching. He could spot a talent and groom him into a good cricketer.’’