Sameer Dighe

Country: India
Born: October 08, 1968, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Playing role: Wicketkeeper Batter

Sameer Dighe Bio

Sameer Sudhakar Dighe is a former professional cricket player from India who made a mark in the limited-overs format as a wicketkeeper. Born on October 8, 1968, in Mumbai, India, Dighe’s career took an unexpected turn when he was selected to represent the national team at the age of 31.

Before his breakthrough in international cricket, Dighe had almost given up on his dreams of becoming a professional cricketer. Instead, he pursued his studies in the United States. However, fate had other plans for him. In 1999, just as the Indian team embarked on their tour of Australia, Dighe received a call that changed his life forever. He was chosen to wear the gloves in the one-day internationals.

Making his debut, Dighe showcased his skills behind the stumps, amassing seven catches and one stumping in eight matches. Notably, in a game against Pakistan, he exhibited his excellent reflexes by taking four catches. Despite his impressive performances, Dighe had to wait until Australia travelled to India in the 2000-2001 season to make his Test debut.

Playing in the decisive third and final Test against Australia in Chennai, Dighe faced a challenging time keeping wickets. However, it was his performance with the bat on the final day that etched his name into the history books. In a tense session, Dighe stood tall alongside the tailenders, courageously scoring an unbeaten 22 runs. India eventually won the Test match, securing a historic 2-1 series victory.

Dighe’s heroics in the Test match against Australia caught the attention of Indian captain Sourav Ganguly. During the preparatory camp for the tour of Zimbabwe in 2001, Ganguly announced that Dighe would be India’s first-choice wicketkeeper. True to his words, Dighe was selected as the stumper for the Test and one-day series in Zimbabwe.

While Dighe’s performances were not extraordinary, he fulfilled his responsibilities as both a keeper and a batsman satisfactorily. In the final of the Coca-Cola Cup in Zimbabwe, Dighe showcased his batting prowess by smashing an unbeaten 94 runs. Despite his remarkable innings, India ended up losing the match. Dighe’s innings, however, earned him the distinction of scoring the highest total by a specialist wicketkeeper for India in One-Day Internationals.

With his consistent performances, Dighe solidified his position as the first-choice wicketkeeper for the tour of Sri Lanka in July-August 2001. His reliable glovework and steady batting made significant contributions to the Indian team’s success during this period.

After his international career, Dighe continued to play domestic cricket for Mumbai and enjoyed considerable success. He retired from the game in 2005, ending his career on a high note.

Dighe’s journey from studying in the USA to becoming an accomplished international cricketer is a testament to his determination and perseverance. Despite starting his professional career relatively late, Dighe left an indelible mark on Indian cricket with his performances behind the stumps and crucial contributions with the bat.

Today, Sameer Sudhakar Dighe is remembered as a respected figure in Indian cricket, and his contributions have left a lasting impact on the sport.

Sameer Dighe Career Stats

Sameer Dighe Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 6 10 1 141 47 15.66 368 38.31 0 0 19 0 12 2
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 23 17 6 256 94* 23.27 421 60.8 0 1 11 2 19 5
FC 83 125 15 3958 153 35.98 - - 10 19 - - 243 35
List A 107 77 16 1379 94* 22.6 - - 0 8 - - 121 40
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Sameer Dighe Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 6 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 23 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 83 - 24 13 0 - - - 3.25 - 0 0 0
List A 107 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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