Irrfan Khan while playing cricket. (Source: Facebook)

The Bollywood industry suffered two huge losses in a span of 24 hours when Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor passed away on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

We all know Irrfan’s ability as an actor but very fewer people know that he was a brilliant cricketer as well. The IndianExpress had a chat with Irrfan’s childhood friend Bharat Bhatnagar. “It was the period around 1984-85 and he used to play with us at the 11-star cricket club,” said Bharat Bhatnagar, a childhood friend of the actor.

“Every evening from 4.30 PM to 6.30 PM, we used to practice at the erstwhile Ayurvedic College of Jaipur ( now known as National Institute of Ayurveda) which was right opposite my home. Irrfan used to stay at his house which was called ‘Saeeda Mazil’ near Subhas Chowk, around 10 minutes away from the ground,” the 57-year-old told

Irrfan had once revealed that he wanted to become a cricketer and was an all-rounder. Talking about his cricketing journey, Irrfan said that he was also selected for the CK Nayudu trophy (U23 days cricket tournament) but didn’t have money to travel to Ajmer from Jaipur.

The Padma Shri awardee then went to National School of Drama (NSD) to learn acting. The veteran actor is survived by wife, Sutapa Sikder, and sons Babil and Ayan.

He was last seen in the Bollywood flick English medium.