Johannesburg: The cricket fraternity in the country is mourning the loss of former South African Indian cricketer Moosa Mangera whose skill on the field was likened to that of Jonty Rhodes but never acknowledged because of apartheid.
Mangera passed away late Thursday evening at the age of 67 after a lengthy battle against cancer and was buried here on Friday.
The multi-skilled player not only excelled in provincial cricket which was separated by law along race lines in the apartheid era, but also in soccer and athletics.
Mangera's amazing speed and agility prompted team-mates to nick-name him 'monkey' because many batsmen were victims to his agility and nimble footedness when he kept wicket.
His running between wickets, stealing singles and two's tested the best of fieldsmen and thwarted plans of captains and bowlers alike.
He played 29 first-class matches, scoring 952 runs and taking 40 wickets in an 18-year cricket career that came to an end in 1989.
"This is sad news indeed," commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) acting CEO Jacques Faul.
"He was a multi-talented sportsman who would surely have gained international honours in at least one of the codes at which he excelled had he had the opportunity. More than that he was one of the characters who make cricket such a special game. On behalf of the CSA family, I extend condolences to his family and friends," said Faul.