Sriram featured in 15 first-classes matches for Karnataka. © KSCA

Sriram featured in 15 first-classes matches for Karnataka. © KSCA

K Sriram, the former Karnataka middle-order batsman, passed away at the age of 43 on Thursday (February 16) following a brief illness.

Sriram featured in 15 first-classes matches for Karnataka, scoring 644 runs, including a century and a fifty. He was also a part of the Anil Kumble-led side that clinched the Ranji Trophy in the 1995-96 season, defeating Tamil Nadu in the final.

Interestingly, K Srinath, his brother, too featured in that match, opening for Tamil Nadu and going on to score 85.

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If not for Srinath’s injury, the face-off would have happened in the league phase itself where Sriram went on to make a hundred on his debut in Bhadravati.

Srinath, who is a first-class umpire affiliated with the Board of Control for Cricket in India and has officiated in several Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 matches, also played for Karnataka before switching to Tamil Nadu.

Sriram is survived by his wife and two children — a daughter and a son.