From the tragic death of Kobe Bryant to the loss of football legends Diego Maradona, Paolo Rossi and Indian heroes Chuni Goswami and P.K. Banerjee, Sportstar remembers sporting icons who passed away in 2020.


Paulo Goncalves (February 5, 1979 – January 12, 2020)

Portuguese motorcyclist who won the 2013 FIM Cross-Country World Championship and became runner-up the following year. Goncalves died in a crash during the 2020 Dakar Rally.

Bapu Nadkarni (April 4, 1933 – January 17, 2020)

A former India all-rounder, who is considered one of the most economical bowlers ever in the game, as he conceded at the rate of just 1.67 runs per over in his Test career. He is remembered for bowling 21 successive maidens in the fourth Test against England in Madras (now Chennai) in 1964. His figures of 32-27-5-0 is still considered one of the finest displays of bowling in Test cricket.

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