Dilip Sardesai

Country: India
Born: August 08, 1940, Margao, Goa
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Bowler
Playing role: Top order Batter
Died: July 02, 2007, Mumbai, (aged 66y 328d)

Dilip Sardesai Bio

Dilip Narayan Sardesai, known as the “Renaissance Man” of Indian cricket, was born on August 8, 1940, in Goa, India. He was a technically correct player with immense resilience and an ability to adapt to different conditions. Sardesai revolutionized Indian cricket during the pivotal year of 1971 and left an indelible mark on the sport.

Sardesai’s career had hit a roadblock before the 1970-71 West Indies tour. However, fate smiled upon him, and he was selected for the tour, marking a turning point in his career. Facing the fearsome West Indian pace attack, Sardesai displayed incredible mettle and pulled India out of dire situations. With 642 runs in the series, including a double century and two single hundreds, he became the cornerstone of the Indian batting line-up.

His incredible performances against the West Indies laid the foundation for another legend of Indian cricket, Sunil Gavaskar, who was making his debut in that series. Sardesai’s sound technique and solid defense against pace allowed Gavaskar to flourish and achieve great heights in his first series.

The year 1971 continued to be pivotal for Sardesai as he played a crucial role in India’s triumph in England. His pivotal double of 54 and 40 runs in the final Test match at The Oval helped India secure victory. Sardesai’s unwavering defense and ability to attack when necessary were instrumental in India’s success in that series.

While predominantly a defensive and wristy player, Sardesai showcased his attacking prowess on various occasions. One such moment was during the 1964-65 series against New Zealand in Delhi when he smashed one of India’s fastest hundreds. His aggressive batting rescued India from a precarious position after they were bowled out for a mere 88 runs in the previous innings.

Sardesai had a special affinity for playing against England. In fact, his Test debut was against England in 1961-62, even before representing Bombay, his state team. In a match against England at Kanpur two years later, he scored 79 runs in the first innings and followed it up with a magnificent knock of 87 in the second innings to save the game for India after they had been asked to follow on.

Dilip Sardesai’s contribution to Indian cricket extended beyond his performances on the field. He was respected for his sportsmanship, integrity, and strong leadership qualities. He served as the captain of Bombay and played a significant role in mentoring young cricketers.

After retiring from international cricket, Sardesai continued to contribute to the sport by working as a cricket commentator. He shared his wealth of knowledge and experiences with fans and aspiring cricketers. Unfortunately, his life was cut short when he passed away on July 2, 2007, at the age of 66.

Dilip Sardesai’s legacy lives on, serving as an inspiration to many aspiring cricketers in India. His remarkable performances against formidable opponents, his ability to adapt to different conditions, and his unwavering determination make him one of the revered figures in Indian cricket history.

Dilip Sardesai Career Stats

Dilip Sardesai Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 30 55 4 2001 212 39.23 - - 5 9 - 2 4 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 179 271 26 10230 222 41.75 - - 25 56 - - 85 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Dilip Sardesai Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 30 5 59 45 0 - - - 4.57 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 179 - 791 552 8 2/15 - 69 4.18 98.8 - 0 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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