H R Gopalakrishna writes: The cricketing fraternity has a very sad piece of news. We have lost a very good statistician in the country, Ashim Kumar Sarkar from Kolkata. Sarkar was on an assignment for All India Radio for the Champions Trophy at Jaipur, where he was not feeling too well. On his return to Kolkata he was hospitalized. He died last night. Doctors say it was a rare viral infection, the exact details are yet not known. He was only 44 years old.
Sarkar was attached to All India Radio for several years, besides he used to contribute to local newspapers in Kolkata like The Times of India, The Statesman, Cricket Quarterly, Annual like ACS Yearbook, ACSSI Yearbook, Anka and go4cricket.com. He was the co-compiler of RG’s Book of World Cricket Records along with Mohandas Menon and D.N. Mukherjee. He was a permanent fixture with All India Radio Commentary team in Kolkata
In September, he attended the First ACSSI Workshop for Statisticians at Nagpur, were he read a paper on ‘Statisticians for the Radio’ and gave a very impressive speech. He interacted with co-statisticians at Nagpur and came up with some excellent suggestions for statisticians. He worked with United Bank of India at Kolkata and left behind a wife and a five-year-old son.
I, on behalf of the statisticians from Bangalore, C Keshavamurthy, KR Gururajaja Rao, B Ravindrananth, Jayapal, and Arun Gopalakrishnan, condole his death and pray Him to give his family enough strength to bear this lost and may his soul rest in peace.