Ace cricketer and former Delhi under-23 support staff Sanjay Dobal breathed his last on Monday morning after battling Covid-19, confirmed a close source to the family.
Sanjay Dobal, 53-years-old, lives with his wife and two sons – elder Siddhant, who plays first-class cricket for Rajasthan and younger Ekansh, who made his debut for Delhi under-23 side.
“Sanjay Dobal showed symptoms and was first admitted to a medical facility in Bahadurgarh, a week back. He had tested positive for COVID-19. However his condition deteriorated and was shifted to a Dwarka hospital with better facilities. He was given plasma but treatment didn’t work,” a DDCA official in the know of things stated.
A well-known figure in the Indian cricketing world, Dobal as popular and highly respected among the well-known cricketers in Delhi like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Mithun Manhas, and many more. He also played for the famous Sonnet Club and coached by Tarak Sinha.
In fact, Gambhir and Manhas took to Twitter appealing for a plasma donor, and Aam Aadmi Party MLA Dilip Pandey had arranged for the donor too.
While he did not play the Ranji Trophy, Dobal was associated with coaching junior cricketers post his retirement. He did not confine himself to men’s cricket. The Delhi based cricketer was the local manager for India versus England women’s Test at Jamia in the last decade.
Fellow cricketers and peers like Harbhajan Singh, BCCI president CK Khanna, Delhi stalwarts Madan Lal and Manhas offered their condolences to the family.
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