Mangaluru, Nov 17, 2017 : Former Ranji player and famous cricketer of yester years Panambur Narasimha Bhandary passed away this afternoon at 1:10 p.m. at his residence due to old age. He was aged 78 years.
Popularly known as ‘Bab Bhandary’, he was born in Mangalore on February 18, 1939. He is an alumnus of St. Aloysius College and his keen interest in sports saw him playing cricket for Mysore University.
He played for Karnataka Ranji team for 2 years along with Brijesh Patel and E.A.S Prasanna. But in the cricketing world he was better known for playing for Bihar Ranji team for 3 years based at Jameshedpur. He was also an ace tennis player, according to his close friend Prof. P. A. Gopinath.
In his cricketing career he practiced right-hand bat batting style and his bowling style was legbreak. His first class span lasted from 1959-60 to 1961-62. He also got a chance to play against England and Pakistan in county matches, it is understood.
He is survived by his wife Sheela and son Dilip.
Last rites will be performed tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. at his residence in Gandhinagar, Mangaluru, to be following by cremation at Boloor Crematorium.