Subbarao Krishnamurthy played 32 first-class matches, scoring 1336 runs at 27.26. © KSCA

Subbarao Krishnamurthy played 32 first-class matches, scoring 1336 runs at 27.26. © KSCA

Dr Subbarao Krishnamurthy, the former Mysore skipper, passed away early on Thursday (December 7). Krishnamurthy, 79, is survived by his wife and daughter.

Born in Bangalore on October 26, 1938, the wicketkeeper-batsman made his first-class debut for the then Mysore state against a visiting Ceylon XI in March 1958, while his Ranji Trophy debut came in November 1959, against Hyderabad. In all, he played 32 first-class matches, scoring 1336 runs at 27.26. Krishnamurthy, known amongst friends Dr Kitty, also took 30 catches and pulled off 15 stumpings.

He was a student of the Bangalore Medical College and also represented Mysore University for four consecutive years, leading them to the title in the all-India Championship for the Rohinton Baria Trophy in 1962.

After his stint as a cricketer, Krishnamurthy held the post as vice-president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association. He also served a term as the chairman of the state senior selection committee.