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Friends, colleagues at ex-Ranji physio Chavda's funeral, but no cricketers

Family, friends and colleagues bid an emotional goodbye to former Mumbai Ranji Trophy team physiotherapist Dr Vipul Chavda yesterday. Chavda (39) passed away while trekking in Langtang Valley during the massive earthquake which hit Nepal last week.

Dr Vipul Chavda
Dr Vipul Chavda 

While his other trekking group members survived the natural disaster, Chavda did not.

His body was brought to India yesterday and the last rites were performed at Versova crematorium. Only a portion of Chavda's face was visible as the remaining part was badly bruised.

His body was wrapped in plastic. Chavda's father Pravinsinh and brother Ketan tried hard to control their emotions. His mother Hariba was inconsolable as the body arrived. "You were to take me to Lilavati Hospital. Now with whom will I go?" she was heard saying.

Farewell, Vipul: A shattered Hariba Chavda (extreme left) stands besides the body of her son Dr Vipul Chavda at their Andheri (West) residence yesterday. Pic/Nimesh Dave
Farewell, Vipul: A shattered Hariba Chavda (extreme left) stands besides the body of her son Dr Vipul Chavda at their Andheri (West) residence yesterday. Pic/Nimesh Dave 

Meanwhile, no one from the cricketing fraternity was seen at the funeral. Chavda was Mumbai Ranji Trophy team's physiotherapist from 2001 to 2006.

Actor Kunal Vijayakar, who treated by Chavda for his hip, came to pay his last respects. "He was the best," Vijayakar said.

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