HE left us with his club cap on. I can't think of a more loyal cricketer and a more caring friend than Raman. To me, he was more than a friend; he was a brother, a guide and, above all, a great human being.
My early memories of Raman date back to when he would struggle to even buy our kit. He was a strapping 18-year-old when I first saw him in the Lallu Mandhata tournament in Ghaziabad. He was my senior in PGDAV College and I had heard stories of his cricketing exploits. My first-hand experience of Raman confirmed the belief that he was different.
We struck an immediate friendship and our bond grew with every match we played together. Playing against him was an experience, for I discovered he was made of steel.Nothing could detract him from his mission and that to me was one of the earliest lessons that I learnt from him in my cricketing career.
Raman was an extraordinary person. Not because he was my friend and not because he is not amongst us today. I always admired his spirit and it was amazing how he faced...