Sadu Shinde

Country: India
Born: August 18, 1923, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak Googly
Died: June 22, 1955, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, (aged 31y 308d)

Sadu Shinde Bio

Sadashiv Ganpatrao Shinde, affectionately known as Sadu Shinde, was a talented Indian cricketer who made a name for himself during his short-lived international career. Born on September 19, 1921, in the bustling city of Bombay, Shinde’s cricketing prowess took him on a remarkable journey that saw him represent his country at the highest level.

Shinde’s passion for cricket was evident from a young age. Known for his slow leg-break and googly bowling style, he soon caught the attention of selectors and found himself donning the Indian national jersey in Test matches. Between 1946 and 1952, he played in a total of seven Test Matches, leaving an indelible mark on the minds of cricket enthusiasts.

During his first tour of England in 1946, Shinde displayed promise but unfortunately struggled to replicate his domestic success. However, it was in the first England innings at New Delhi in 1951-52 that he truly shone. In this match, Shinde showcased his bowling mastery, bamboozling England’s top-order batsmen and claiming an impressive six wickets for just 91 runs. His variations of leg spinners and googlies left the English batsmen perplexed and cemented his place in Indian cricket history.

Despite his exceptional performance in that particular Test, Shinde faced challenges in his other matches. His bowling style often meant that he was expensive, leading to a career average of nearly 60. However, his contributions to the Indian cricket team extended beyond the field. With his tall and frail appearance, Shinde served as a role model for aspiring cricketers, showcasing that determination and skill could overcome physical limitations.

In addition to representing India at the international level, Shinde embarked on two tours to England, one in 1946 and another in 1952. Both tours, while not as successful as he would have hoped, provided him with invaluable experience and exposure to top-class cricketing environments.

Tragically, Shinde was a victim of circumstance when his promising cricket career was cut short due to a sudden attack of typhoid. Despite this setback, his first-class career saw him claim a total of 230 wickets at an average of 32.59, highlighting his talent and ability.

Shinde’s untimely demise, on June 22, at the age of 31, left the cricketing fraternity mourning the loss of a talented player and a genuine team player. His contributions to Indian cricket, although limited in terms of quantity, will forever be cherished by those who had the privilege of witnessing his skill and passion for the game.

Sadashiv Ganpatrao Shinde’s cricketing journey was one of passion, determination, and talented bowling. While his international career may have been short-lived, his impact on the game, particularly during his sensational six-wicket haul against England, has solidified his place as a memorable figure in Indian cricket history. Shinde’s undying love for the sport will continue to inspire future generations of cricketers in India and around the world.

Sadu Shinde Career Stats

Sadu Shinde Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 7 11 5 85 14 14.16 - - 0 0 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 79 95 33 871 50* 14.04 - - 0 1 - - 16 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Sadu Shinde Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 7 10 1515 717 12 6/91 8/253 59.75 2.83 126.2 0 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 79 - 14961 7496 230 8/162 - 32.59 3 65 - 12 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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