Vasant Naisadrai Raiji (26 January 1920 – 13 June 2020) was an Indian first-class cricketer and cricket historian.


Vasant Raiji
Personal information
Full name Vasant Naisadrai Raiji
Born 26 January 1920
Baroda, Gujarat, India
Died 13 June 2020 (aged 100)
Walkeshwar, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Batting Right-handed
Domestic team information
Years Team
1941-42 Bombay
1944-45 to 1949-50 Baroda
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 9
Runs scored 277
Batting average 23.08
100s/50s 0/2
Top score 68
Balls bowled 36
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in a match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 1/–


1Life and career

Raiji was born in Baroda. He opened the batting for Bombay and Baroda in the Ranji Trophy and was a reserve for the Hindus team in the 1941 Bombay Pentangular. His two highest scores came in Baroda’s victory over Maharashtra in 1944-45 when he made 68 and 53. His younger brother Madan also played first-class cricket for Bombay.

At the end of Raiji’s playing career, he turned to write and is the author of several important works on early Indian cricket. He was an accountant by profession and authored two books on the subject.

Towards the end of his life, he lived in the Walkeshwar area of South Mumbai. On the death of B. K. Garudachar in February 2016 he became India’s oldest first-class cricketer. He celebrated his 100th birthday in January 2020, attended by Steve Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar. On 7 March 2020, he became the oldest living first-class cricketer following the death of John Manners. He died on 13 June 2020, survived by his wife and their two daughters.