Vasant Naisadrai Raiji
- India National Cricket Team 1938 - 1950
Vasant Naisadrai Raiji is a former Indian cricketer who played nine first class matches. The oldest living cricketer of Mumbai team, Raiji is also a cricket historian who has authored several books on cricket. He was a right handed batsman.
Raiji played six test matches for Baroda and two for Bombay in the Ranji Trophy. In these matches he was an opening batsman. Raiji scored 277 runs at average of 23.08 with the highest score of 68 runs. He remained not-out twice. His Bowling statistics include 36 balls, 20 runs and maiden over.
In the six Ranji Trophy matches he played for Baroda, Raiji made 249 runs with an average of 27.66 with a top score of 68 runs against Maharashtra. For Bombay, he scored 27 runs at an average of 13.50 with the top score being 20 runs. Raiji also played a first class match for the Cricket Club of India against Central Provinces and Berar in which he scored 1 run and remained not-out.
After his cricket career ended, Raiji took up writing and produced some remarkable works on Early Indian Cricket. Some of these works include, Ranji, the legend and the man in 1963 CCI and the Brabourne Stadium along with Anandji Dossa in 1987 and CK Nayudu, The Shahenshah of Indian cricket in the year 1989.