Known as Indian cricket’s ‘Renaissance Man’, Dilip Sardesai was one of the finest cricketers to emerge from the Bombay stable. On his 80th birth anniversary, here are some Facts and stats about the legend:
1.In 1970-71 West Indies series behind the Gavaskar’s mammoth 774 Runs,the 2nd highest scorer was Dilip Sardesai, 642 Runs at an ave of 80.25.
2.V Merchant called him as the “renaissance man of Indian cricket”
3.Sardesai was born in Margao, Goa, and still remains the only Goa-born Test cricketer to represent India. Though Antao D’Souza was born in Goa as well, he played for Pakistan, and Ebrahim Maka, the only other Indian Test cricketer from Portuguese-ruled India, was born in Daman.
4.For his spin playing ability he was often regarded as India’s best batsman against spin.
5.All over he has represented India in 30 Tests,scored 2001 Runs with 5 hundreds & 9 fifties with a average of 39.23.
6. He has played 179 First class matches & scored 10,230 Runs with 25 hundreds.
7.There is one record which is still on his name. It is for the 9th wkt partnership in Test cricket among Indians, made 149 Runs partnership with Nana Joshi. Which is still the best.
8.He Developed reputation as India’s crisis man in mid-60s with his exploits against England & New Zealand.
9.When everyone wrote him off after 1969, this “Renaissance man” played a stellar role in India’s twin series wins over WI & Eng in 1971.
10.Sardesai was a part of the Bombay Ranji Trophy team during their golden era. In Ranji Trophy he scored 3,599 runs at 54.53, but his real achievement lay elsewhere: of the 61 Ranji Trophy matches Sardesai played for Bombay, they did not lose a single match. He Played in 10 finals and they won the Trophy every year! What a career for Bombay!
Sardesai was only 32 when he played his last Test. His axing remains one of the most confusing incidents of Indian cricket. Following the outstanding performance in West Indies he did not do well at Lord’s and Old Trafford, but came back strongly in the historic Indian victory at The Oval: following England’s 355 India were reduced to 21 for 2 before Wadekar steadied ship with a crucial 54. He walked out to bat at 37 for 2 as India chased 173 for a win; he was fourth out for 40, and India registered a four-wicket victory. He failed in the next Test at Kotla against the same opposition and was never recalled again.
Sportnasha pays tribute to the ”renaissance man of Indian cricket” on his 80th Birthday anniversary.