Well-known club cricketer and former Delhi U-23 support staff Sanjay Dobal died at the age of 53 due to complications from coronavirus. Dobal is survived by his wife and two sons – elder Siddhant, who plays first-class cricket for Rajasthan and younger Ekansh, who made his debut for Delhi U-23 side.
“Dobal showed symptoms and was first admitted to a medical facility in Bahadurgarh, a week back. He had tested positive for COVID-19. However, his condition deteriorated and was shifted to a Dwarka hospital with better facilities. He was given plasma but treatment didn”t work,” a DDCA official in the know of things was quoted by PTI.
Several cricketers have expressed grief over Dobal’s demise and offered condolences to his family.
“Saddened by the untimely death of Sanjay Dobal who was a well-known club cricketer in Delhi & a genuinely helpful human being. Sanjay bhai was a friend & my Air India teammate. I will always remember him as a cheerful & a positive person. May his soul rest in peace,” tweeted Mohammed Kaif.
Saddened by the untimely death of Sanjay Dobal who was a well-known club cricketer in Delhi & a genuinely helpful human being. Sanjay bhai was a friend & my Air India teammate. I will always remember him as a cheerful & a positive person. May his soul rest in peace 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/ZiHt1cUSLM
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 29, 2020
“He was always a part of our family at Air India, really sad to hear about the passing away of Sanjay Dhobal. Heartfelt condolences to his family, may his soul rest in peace… Om Shanti,” wrote Suresh Raina while sharing a picture with Dobal on Instagram.
“A great human being and always helpful. RIP Sanjay Dobal ji. You will be missed cappy,” tweeted cricketer Risabh Pant.
A familiar figure at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Dobal was popular among the well-known Delhi cricketers like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Mithun Manhas. He also played for the famous Sonnet Club and was coached by Tarak Sinha.
In fact, Gambhir and Manhas had appealed through twitter for plasma donors and Aam Aadmi Party MLA Dilip Pandey had arranged for donor.
I appeal to all of you to help my friend Sanjay Dobal find a plasma therapy donor. He has severe pneumonia due to Covid. Patients who’ve recovered from covid atleast 28 days ago,are willing to donate blood plz call Sidhant 9654503203, Ekansh 8130335515. Blood group O+ve or O-ve
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) June 28, 2020
While he didn’t play in the Ranji Trophy, he was associated with coaching junior cricketers after his playing days with formidable office-side Air India was over.
He has also been the local manager for India versus England women’s Test at Jamia in the last decade.
Former acting BCCI president CK Khanna, Delhi stalwarts Madan Lal and Manhas offered their condolences.