Cricket South Africa (CSA) has expressed their sadness at the sudden passing of former Transvaal cricketer Hira Jairam yesterday.
Jairam 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.
He 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. 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, as he was able to impart prodigious turn.
In his 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.
Jairam passed away at his home in Lenasia on 25 June 2018.
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