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Former India fast bowler passes away, aged 52

Former India fast bowler passes away, aged 52
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Former India fast bowler David Johnson has passed away at the age of 52. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah consoled Johnson’s family and friends via Twitter, now called X, recognising his contributions to Indian cricket.

Former India Fast Bowler David Johnson Passes Away at 52

“Deepest condolences to family and friends of our former Indian fast bowler David Johnson. His contributions to the game will always be remembered,” tweeted BCCI Secretary Jay Shah.

Johnson, a medium-fast bowler, played for India in two Test matches in 1996. He earned recognition during the 1995-96 Ranji Trophy season, taking 23 wickets from five matches and playing a vital role in Karnataka’s victory in the tournament.

His outstanding performance led to his international debut in a one-off Test against Australia in Delhi, where he substituted his injured Karnataka teammate Javagal Srinath. In his debut match, Johnson grabbed one wicket, booting Australian opener Michael Slater.

Following his debut, Johnson was designated for the Indian squad touring South Africa, playing his second and last Test at Kingsmead, Durban. Despite finite success at the international level, he had a considerable first-class career. In more than 39 first-class matches, he bagged 125 wickets at an average of 28.63 and smashed a first-class century, emphasising his all-round abilities.

Johnson’s contributions to Indian cricket, specifically at the domestic level, were influential. His career, though brief at the international level, left an everlasting legacy in Indian domestic cricket. The cricket fraternity mourns his loss and remembers his influence on the game.

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