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Former Indian Test umpire Hanumantha Rao passes away aged 83

by Sahil


Third Test: England v India - Day One

Former Indian Test umpire SN Hanumantha Rao has passed away on Monday aged 83.

Rao officiated in nine Test matches against the West Indies, Pakistan and England from 1978 to 1983. He also commanded in two ODIs against England and Sri Lanka and 16 first-class matches. He is survived by his wife, two sons and one daughter.

“The president, office bearers and the members of the managing committee of the Karnataka State Cricket Association deeply regret the sad and sudden demise of former Test umpire Sri SN Hanumantha Rao. May his soul rest in peace,” KSCA said in a release.

Rao is best remembered for overturning his decision to give Bob Taylor out in the Golden Jubilee Test, in Bombay in 1979-80. Rao gave Taylor out caught off the bowling of Kapil Dev. Taylor protested as he walked off but Gundappa Viswanath, fielding at slip, was convinced Taylor had not edged the ball, and persuaded Rao to overturn the decision.

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