His 60.33 became the highest average by any Indian batsman, represented Gujarat and Baroda in Ranji Trophy.
He was an exceptional hockey player as a youngster, but quit due to his need for a specially made left-handed hockey stick.
His exclusion from the Indian team was the subject of much controversy and was discussed in the 2004 book The Covers Are Off.
His large and extended family was present during a 2012 interview with Wisden India.
He played much of his career in Gajurat, of which Narendra Modi was Chief Minister.