Ranjita Rane, a former Mumbai cricketer, dies after battling cancer

Former Mumbai player and scorer Ranjita Rane died on Wednesday morning in Mumbai after battling cancer. She was in her mid-40s. Rane represented Mumbai in 44 first-class matches from 1995 to 2003. She was an all-rounder, who bowled medium pace.

“Deeply saddened to inform that ex-Mumbai cricketer and scorer Ranjita Rane has passed away,” a senior Mumbai Cricket Association official said.

 

Ranjita Rane (left) with her Mumbai captain Hemangi Bhatte-Naik, when Rane was a liaising officer of Central Zone women’s team during Inter Zonal U-19 Championship at the Wankhede Stadium in February 2018
Ranjita Rane (left) with her Mumbai captain Hemangi Bhatte-Naik, when Rane was a liaising officer of Central Zone women’s team during Inter Zonal U-19 Championship at the Wankhede Stadium in February 2018

 

A well-known MCA scorer, who knew Rane, told that Rane was admitted to a hospital for the past fortnight.

Hemangi Bhatte-Naik, who was Rane’s captain in the Mumbai team, called her a disciplined cricketer. “Ranjita was a much-disciplined cricketer and every captain wanted to have a utility cricketer like her in the team. She excelled in all three departments of the game. After her cricketing days, she served the game as a scorer and team manager. We have lost a very good teammate and close friend,” she told to mid-day.com earlier today.

Former India cricketer Seema Pujare, who played with Rane in the Mumbai and Mumbai University teams, said, “Ranjita was a fighter as a cricketer and also as a human being… till her last breath. We [Ranjita’s teammates] spoke to her two days ago on a video call, but never imagined it would be our last conversation with her. Ranjita looked very strong that day and even told us that she will overcome her battle with cancer. She had the same spirit while playing cricket and never gave up till the last ball.”

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