Baroda Cricket Association scorer Tushar Savant died on Monday after a heart attack.
He was feeling uneasiness during the match but refused to go on call of duty. After finished the match he went to a relative house where he was taken to a private hospital and collapsed on arrival.
Serving for more then two decades in Baroda Cricket Association Tushar was always a nice person among his colleagues and friends. He trained many recent scorers of BCA and always be a helping nature for everyone. He was a father figure at home and all the family looks up-to him.
“It was the first day of Baroda U19 and Chhattisgarh U19 at Reliance cricket ground where he was scoring. He felt uneasiness and breathing problem from the start of the match since morning and even attended by the on duty doctor who prescribed some tablets to him. He was suffering from cough and not well but refusing to leave the match after his colleagues told him to go home and rest.”said Nandan Sawant younger brother of Tushar Savant and also a BCA scorer.
As a part of duty he continued and complete the match. However he reached a relative house and I took him to the Bankers heart hospital at Warasiya ring road but he collapsed on arrival,” he added.
Tushar Savant left behind his wife a son and 5 year old daughter. “He was a elder brother and father figure to me after lost my father in 2008. Such a brother is rare to find and he always supported me. We both officiating in lots of matches and he will always be in my memory. His lost is a blow to me and the family,” said an heartbroken Nandan Sawant.
Tushar Savant did his schooling from Baroda High school and college from MSU Baroda. He started his career as a sales representative in Forma Helmet company belongs to former Indian cricketer Kiran More. He is still working in the same company as a marketing manager. He started scoring for local matches in 1991 and later on after passing the scoring exam at 1996 he start scoring for BCCI matches and One day internationals. He also passed the Umpiring exam in 1998.
“He started his career as a sales representative in the company where I also joined later with reference from Tushar Savant. He was a very dear friend to me and always preferred scoring over umpiring. He passed the BCCI scoring and Umpiring exams both but always love scoring,”said Milind Uttrankar his friend and colleague.
As a scorer he officiating in many one day matches but the memorable was the only test match he was the scorer played in Ahmedabad. The match was between India and Srilanka where Kapil Dev broke Richard Hedlee record. He respect two persons most in life first J.Y. Lele and second one his mentor Dinar Gupte,” he added.
Milind said that Tushar Savant always prefer scoring over umpiring and trained many young scorers of today. “Although he preferred scoring but always love to do umpiring. The last memorable moment with him was when he stand as a umpire with me in Anand Premiere League and that time he was very happy. That was the last match he stand as a umpire and also my last happy and memorable moment with him,” said an emotional Milind.
On his Facebook profile you will find a favorite quote written by him is ‘Why you are always punished for speaking truth’. He was also fond of watching old classics of Amitabh Bachchan and reading books as shown in his profile.