India U-19 trainer Rajesh Sawant dies in sleep -
India U-19 trainer Rajesh Sawant dies in sleep
Posted 30 Jan 2017 11:10 AM


On Saturday, Rajesh Sawant ran 10 laps around the Wankhede Stadium. The England U-19s were playing a warm-up game against the India Colts. And Sawant, who’s the strength and conditioning coach of the junior team, was his usual busy self. When he wasn’t involved in a discussion with one of his support staff colleagues, he was seated near the boundary-ropes sharing a laugh with the reserves.
At that time, he must have also have easily run up and down the dressing-room stairs at the Wankhede on more than a dozen occasions.
His last act of the day prior to leaving the stadium was deciding the menu for his players for the following day.
On Sunday morning, Sawant, 45, was found dead on his hotel-room bed. He had passed away in his sleep. A visibly shaken Rahul Dravid, the coach, called off the scheduled press conference on the eve of the first of five ODIs against England in Mumbai. He did, however, insist on keeping the information from his players till they were done with their practice session on Sunday morning to avoid them from getting distressed. He, in fact, was seen requesting the ground-staff and those around them to not mention the unfortunate incident anywhere near his players. It’s learnt that Dravid relayed the tragic news to his players once the practice session was complete and the entire unit then observed two-minute-silence.

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