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David Johnson Indian Cricketer Passed Away, What Happened to David Johnson?

Former Indian cricketer David Johnson, aged 52, passed away after falling from his fourth-floor apartment balcony in Kanaka Sri Layout, Kothanur. Police are investigating the incident, considering the possibility of suicide.

by V Gomala

Updated Jun 20, 2024

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David Johnson Indian Cricketer Passed Away, What Happened to David Johnson?

David Johnson Indian Cricketer Passed Away

Former Indian cricketer David Johnson passed away on Thursday after falling from the balcony of his fourth-floor apartment. The police are investigating whether it was a case of suicide. Johnson, who played two Test matches for India, was 52 years old. He is survived by his wife and two children. The incident occurred in Kanaka Sri Layout in Kothanur. An unnatural death report has been filed at the Kothanur police station.

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Who was David Johnson?

David Johnson, pronounced as "David Johnson" (1971 - 2024), was an Indian cricketer known for his short career playing for India as a fast bowler. He appeared in two Test matches for India in 1996, starting against Australia. Despite showing promise with his speed and skill, he faced challenges with staying consistent and staying fit, which kept him from playing more internationally. Johnson focused on playing domestic cricket for Karnataka, where he had more success and played a key role in his team's bowling. After he stopped playing, he moved into coaching and guiding young cricketers.

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Name David Johnson
Born 16 October 1971
Place of Birth Arsikere, Karnataka, India
Died 20 June 2024 (aged 52)
Place of Death Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Style Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler

How Did David Johnson Die?

Former India pacer David Johnson died on Thursday after falling from the balcony of his fourth-floor apartment. Police are investigating whether it was a case of suicide. David Johnson was a key member of the strong Karnataka bowling unit alongside Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad, and Dodda Ganesh. Dodda Ganesh, who played with Johnson since their tennis cricket days at Jai Karnataka club, expressed shock at the news of his passing. They continued to play together for their state and country, forming a formidable Karnataka bowling attack that became synonymous with the Indian team's bowling for a significant period.

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Anil Kumble, saddened by Johnson's passing, expressed his condolences to his family and referred to him affectionately as 'Benny'.

David Johnson Career

David Johnson had a noteworthy domestic cricket career, highlighted by significant achievements. In 39 First-Class matches, he impressed with 125 wickets, including four instances of taking five wickets in an innings and a notable ten-wicket haul in a match. One standout performance was during the 1995-96 Ranji Trophy season when he achieved figures of 10 for 152 against Kerala, which played a crucial role in his selection for the national team.

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Johnson made his Test debut for India against Australia in a solitary Test match in New Delhi in 1996. He made an immediate impact by dismissing Australian opener Michael Slater. Subsequently, he was part of the Indian squad for the tour of South Africa, where he played in the first Test and showcased his fast-bowling skills by dismissing Herschelle Gibbs and Brian McMillan. Despite these promising performances, his international career was brief, and he made only a few appearances for the national team.



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