Few days back former Madhya Pradesh cricketer Kapil Seth died at the age of 36. Seth was suffering from Hepatitis B, according to MPCA. He bowled medium-pace, represented Madhya Pradesh in only one first-class and List A game in the 2000-01 season. The batsman made his sole Ranji Trophy appearance against Vidarbha in November 2000 and scored an unbeaten 125 at no. 10. His century, along with Ankit Srivastava’s 204, helped Madhya Pradesh rally from 276 for 8 to 552 for 8 declared, and the side eventually beat Vidarbha by an innings and 176 runs.
He did not bat in his only List A match which was also against Vidarbha, in the Ranji Trophy One-Day competition but ended up with figures of 1 for 27 in the match. Sadly, Seth could never get the all-important Team India cap because of extreme competition and had to satisfy himself playing first class cricket and Ranji Trophy for his state. He was a regular for his state team who had good pace and did reasonably for his side. Being a victim of cut throat competition for getting into the Indian side, he could not make it big but remained a vital cog at the state level. Coming from the same state where Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Mustaq Ali, Naman Ojha and Ishwar Pandey have gone on to represent India at the national level, he missed the bus and suffering from Hepatitis B only worsened his chances all the more. His death news was confirmed by Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA).
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