Saurashtra cricketer Avi Barot died due to cardiac arrest : Avi Barot, the former India Under-19 captain and wicketkeeper-batsman who was a member of Saurashtra’s Ranji Trophy-winning team, died of a heart arrest on Friday night while watching the Indian Premier League (IPL) final at his home in Ahmedabad. He died barely five days after hitting 72 off 43 balls in the final of the Reliance G-1 T20 event in Rajkot, helping Saurashtra to victory. His mother and wife outlive him at the age of 29.
“Everyone in the Saurashtra Cricket Association is horrified and grieved by the sudden, untimely, and tragic death of Avi Barot, a great and well-known cricketer from Saurashtra. In the evening of 15th October 2021, he went for heavenly abode owing to acute heart arrest,” the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) stated in a statement.
On October 20, Barot’s 72 was the highlight of the Reliance G-1 T20 competition final in Rajkot. Saurashtra had reached 200 runs thanks to Barot’s innings, which created the basis for the club’s triumph over his previous side Gujarat in the final.
Barot, an Ahmedabad native, made his First Class debut against Delhi in 2011 as a Gujarat Ranji player. He was named captain of India’s U-19 squad the same year. He went from Gujarat to the Haryana Ranji squad, but in the 2016-17 season, he returned to Gujarat and joined the Rajkot-based Saurashtra Ranji team. He has been keeping wickets and opening the batting for Saurashtra since then.
Barot played 38 First Class matches and scored 1547 matches at an average of 24.95, including one century and nine half-centuries. In 38 List A matches that he played, Barot scored 1030 runs at an average of 28.61 , including eight fifties. He did, however, thrive in the shortest version of the game, scoring 717 runs at an average of 37.73 in 20 T20 matches. In T20 matches, he scored one century and five half-centuries. He also bowled off-break and has a total of 11 wickets in all three forms.
Barot played in 21 Ranji Trophy matches, 17 List A matches, and 11 domestic T20 matches for Saurashtra. In March 2020, he was a member of the Saurashtra squad that won the Ranji Trophy by defeating Bengal in the finals in Rajkot. He also made news for hitting 122 off 53 balls in a match of the BCCI‘s domestic T20 event, the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Barod had been in terrific batting form for the last two seasons, according to SCA secretary Himanshu Shah. “He’s been in excellent form for the past two seasons. Because of his performance in T20, I was optimistic that he would be selected for the next IPL season. However, accepting this is exceedingly difficult. When I received the news of his demise, I couldn’t believe my ears. This is a heartbreaking tragedy. “He lost his father in a similar fashion just a few years ago when he was 42 or 43,” the secretary explained.
Saurashtra will remember Barot as a happy cricketer, according to the SCA president. “What I liked best about him was that he was usually in a good mood. Jaydev Shah described him as “always a joyful and cheery person.”
When Barot joined the Saurashtra Ranji squad, Jaydev Shah was the captain. “Finding out about Avi’s tragic death is both startling and devastating. He was a wonderful teammate and a fantastic cricketer. He has played admirably in all of his recent domestic contests. He was a wonderful person who was both nice and honourable. The president of the Saurashtra Cricket Association was cited in the statement as stating, “We are all in profound shock.”
Coach Sitanshu Kotak of the Saurashtra squad stated the team is shattered. “A player dying at the age of 29 has never happened before in the Saurashtra team’s 50-year existence.” Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He had such a vibrant personality. He smacked 73 and led us to victory just four days ago, and now we will never be able to see him again. That is all there is to it. He was a fantastic cricketer, but our hearts go out to Avi, the person. The boys on the squad and the SCA office bears can’t comprehend what’s occurred. It’s simple to say that God intended for him to live a short life, but it’s easier said than done,” Kotak added.