Renowned Marathi cricket commentator and writer Bal Pandit died on 17 September 2015 in Pune, Maharashtra. He was 89.
He played a contributing role in popularizing cricket among masses through his vernacular Marathi commentary in radio, articles in news papers and magazines and books.
Contributions of Bal Pandit
• He worked as a Marathi commentator for both domestic and international matches on All India Radio (AIR) for over4 decades, before the advent of satellite television channels.
• He popularized cricket by using Marathi equivalent words for original cricketing parlance in English and lucid language.
• He wrote 30 books on various aspects of cricket.
• His columns and articles on cricket appeared regularly in newspapers and magazines that enriched readers’ knowledge of the game.
• He translated Sunil Gavaskar’s autobiography Sunny Days into Marathi.
• He was bestowed with Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Award in 1978 by the Maharashtra Government in recognition of his contribution to the game of cricket.