Besides serving as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) General Manager from 2013, Sridhar had been involved in administration in various capacities for a number of years. Sridhar played 97 first class matches for Hyderabad, where he scored 6,701 runs, with 21 centuries and 27 half tons from 1988-89 to 1999-00. He also played in 35 List A matches, and scored 930 runs at 29.06, with five half-centuries and a highest of 78 not out.
He has the distinction of the third-highest individual score in the history of the Ranji Trophy, hitting 366 against Andhra in January 1994. That innings was part of a Hyderabad total of 944/6 declared, still the highest in Ranji history.
Only BB Nimbalkar, who hit 443 not out for Maharashtra against Kathiawar in 1948-49 and Sanjay Manjrekar, who made 377 for Bombay against Hyderabad in 1990-91, have had higher individual scores than Sridhar in the competition.
Expressing grief at his demise, BCCI acting treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry said: "Rest in peace Dr. Sridhar my friend. Gone too early. Tremendous service to cricket both as a player and an administrator."
Noted commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted: "Doc Sridhar was someone you could call anytime. I did. Courteous and firm. And a fine batsman. 'Let's do it our Hyderabadi way' he would say." Sridhar had been the tournament director when India hosted the World T20 in 2016, besides winning elections to the post of the secretary of the Hyderabad Cricket Association in July 2012.
First Published: October 30, 2017, 4:26 PM IST