Former Maharashtra legspinner Sunil Gudge, 56, passed away on Tuesday at his residence in Pune, following a heart attack. "He was watching TV at home when he suffered the heart attack," according to Indian media reports.
Born in Pune on December 31, 1959, the legspinner and handy lower-order batsman played 55 first-class matches during a career lasting a decade and a half.
Gudge, an integral part of the strong Maharashtra teams of the 1980s led by Rajendra Bhalekar, Milind Gunjal and Surendra Bhave, took 110 wickets with best figures of 5 for 46. He also scored 1,033 runs from 61 innings with a century to boot.
Gudge was also part of the India Under-22 side that played against the visiting England side in Pune in 1981-82. He also played for the Board Presidents' XI against the touring Sri Lanka and West Indies teams of 86-87 and 87-88 in Gwalior and Visakhapatnam respectively.