Former Indian Test player dies of Suicide in Bangalore

David Johnson, a 52-year-old ex-Indian cricketer, was discovered deceased outside his home in Bengaluru on June 20, Thursday. He was a fast bowler who represented India in two Test matches in 1996 and had more than 70 appearances for Karnataka in local cricket competitions.

“People think that 52-year-old David Jude Johnson might have jumped from his apartment in Kanaka Sri Layout in Kothanur, which makes people wonder if it was a suicide,” a police officer said.

They also mentioned that they are still looking into the case. Police also found out that the former cricketer had not been feeling well lately and that he left behind a wife, a son, and a daughter.

The fast bowler who uses his right arm, famous for his fast speed, started playing for his country in a big game against Australia in Delhi in October 1996. He joined the team because another player, Javagal Srinath, got hurt, and he played with his friend from the same state, Venkatesh Prasad.

David bowled a total of 16 overs in two parts of a game against Australia and got the first batter, Michael Slater, out for no runs in the second part. Later that same year, he played another game against South Africa, but only took two wickets in Durban.

The BCCI Secretary, Jay Shah, shared a message of sympathy for the family and friends of David Johnson, a former Indian fast bowler. He mentioned that David’s efforts in cricket will not be forgotten.

David only played two Test matches for India, but he kept playing for Karnataka in local cricket. In 39 First-Class games, he got 125 wickets, including one game where he took 10 wickets and eight games where he took 5 wickets. In 33 List A matches, he took 41 wickets.

Besides his bowling, David also scored 437 runs in 44 First-Class innings, including one century. His last cricket match was for Mangalore United in the Karnataka Premier League in 2015.

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