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Suryakant Jena

Bhubaneswar: Prashant Mohapatra, the former Odisha cricket team captain, and son of late sculptor and Rajya Sabha MP Raghunath Mohapatra, succumbed to Covid-19 while undergoing treatment at All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on Wednesday. AIIMS superintendent Sachidananda Mohanty informed about the development today. 

Prashant was put in ventilator support after his condition worsened following Covid infection. A special team of doctors was monitoring his condition at the hospital. 

Earlier on May 9, his father had also died at the premier medical institute days after testing positive for the virus. Raghunath (78), a Padma Vibhushan awardee, was admitted to the hospital on April 22.

Sources said Prashant had played 45 first-class cricket matches and 17 lists A matches during his career as a player for Odisha. He had played his debut match against Bihar in the Ranji Trophy season 1990.

He had also acted as a referee in 48 first-class, 45 list A and 49 T20 matches.

Condolences poured in from various quarters after the demise of the former Odisha Ranji team captain.

Offering condolences to Prashant Mohapatra's family, former India cricketer Suresh Rain said in a tweet, "Extremely saddened to hear about the demise of Prashant Mohapatra sir. May his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to the family. Om Shanti," stated Raina.


"Prashant Mohapatra passed away.. He played many year first class cricket and was a match referee for BCCI domestic cricket .. Gone to soon.. condolences to family and friends.. He was a great soul.. RIP brother Prashant! OM Shanti," tweeted former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh.

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