Cricket SA pays tribute after death of former top bowler Hira Jairam

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JOHANNESBURG, June 26 – Cricket SA (CSA) paid tribute to former Transvaal cricketer Hira Jairam who died at his home in Lenasia on Monday.

Hira immigrated to South Africa as a young boy in 1942 and lived in downtown Johannesburg until the Group Areas Act forced his family to move to Lenasia.

Jairam was a formidable off-break and off-cutter bowler and played for Zenith before ending his career with Hinds Cricket Club. His best performance was 6/48 against Natal in 1970 and he once took 7/2 in a club match.

Hira bowled an immaculate length and bowled quick off-cutters on matting where he was unplayable and able to impart prodigious turn.

In eight first-class matches he took 24 wickets at an average of 24.25.

“On behalf of the CSA family I extend our deepest condolences to his family, his friends and his many cricketing colleagues,” commented CSA acting CEO Thabang Moroe. (ANA)