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Google Doodle celebrates Dilip Sardesai's 78th birthday

Sardesai made his first cricket mark in the interuniversity trophy Rohinton Baria in 1959-60 where he scored 435 runs on average 87.

Devdiscourse News Desk 07 Aug 2018, 07:07 PM
  • He is survived by his wife, Nandini, sociologist, and member of the Indian Censorship Board for the films. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Dilip Narayan Sardesai was an Indian cricketer. He was the only cricketer born in Goa who played for India and was often considered India's best batsman against spin bowling. Google Doodle is celebrating his 78th birth anniversary.

Dilip Sardesai, who wrote many glorious chapters in the history of Indian cricket, has not been the glitter of cricket glamor for a long time, but due to his contribution, India learned to hang the flag on foreign soil. With the help of Dilip, India made West Indies lose for the first time.

Sardesai's name was also the first record of any Indian to score highest runs in a series, although Sunil Gavaskar broke it in the West Indies Test. Dilip Sardesai had scored 642 runs in the West Indies tour of 1970-1971.

Although Gavaskar also scored four centuries and a double hundred in the series. Before making a double century in the West Indies tour, Sardesai had scored twice in the match against New Zealand in Mumbai. On 12-15 March 1965, Sardesai scored 200 not out in this match.

Dilip started the international Test cricket career in 1961 with a Test match against England in Kanpur.

He made his first-class cricket debut for Indian universities against the Pakistan touring team in Pune in 1960-61, scoring 87 in 194 minutes.

Sardesai was also called as Sardee Maan in West Indies. He was outspoken by nature and the proof of this was his retaliation on being left out of the 1971 tour to West Indies. 

He is survived by his wife, Nandini, sociologist, and member of the Indian Censorship Board for the films. 

Dilip died on July 2, 2007, at the age of 66.

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