Odisha Born Sports Journalist Passes Away After Long Battle With Cancer

Bhubaneswar: After a long battle with cancer, Bhubaneswar-born 35-year-old sports journalist Sidhanta Patnaik passed away in Bengaluru on Saturday.

Patnaik, who started his journalism career as a freelance writer, extensively reported on women’s and domestic cricket. He also co-authored the book ‘The Fire Burns Blue — A History of Women’s cricket in India’. 

He joined Wisden India in 2012 and oversaw the running of Women’s CricZone website.

Indian woman cricketer Jemimah Rodrigues, who visited Patnaik in the hospital tweeted, “He was overjoyed to see us yesterday and it was a delight speaking with him! He was a top journalist who was passionately following and writing about women’s cricket when not many were. Thank you for all your amazing work and the legacy you’ve left behind Sir. Rest in Peace.”

Patnaik is an alumnus of DAV Public School, Unit-VIII and had been living in Bangalore for most part of his adult life. He was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma in 2011. He is survived by his wife and a kid.


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