Today’s Google Doodle is celebrating the 78th birthday of Indian cricketer Dilip Sardesai. Born in Goa, he was considered one of India’s best batsman against spin bowlers. He is known for scoring 642 runs in a test series and being a crucial part of the India’s first victory over West Indies.
Born on August 8, Dilip Sardesai was also the first and the only Indian cricketer to have emerged from Goa. Sardesai made his first mark in cricket in the inter-university Rohinton Baria Trophy in 1959–60, where he managed to score 435 runs at an average of 87 balls. Moving forward, he made his first-class debut for Indian Universities against the touring Pakistan team at Pune in 1960-61, where he scored 87 runs in 194 minutes. His consistent performance further led him to be selected for the Board President’s XI and later on represent Bombay in the Ranji trophy. He was chosen to be one of five Indian Cricket Cricketers of the year in the 1960-61.
Dilip Sardesai was well known for his performance in Test matches. Throughout his career, he proved himself to be a crucial contributor to a number of Indian team victories. His most notable performance comes against West Indies where he managed to score a total of 652 runs in the series, leading India to victory. While it was a new record, it was only beaten by Sunil Gavaskar in the next five days.
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Dilip Sardesai passed away on July 2, 2007 after being admitted to a hospital following a chest infection. He is currently survived by his wife, Nandini who is currently a sociologist and a member of the Indian Censor Board for motion pictures. His son Rajdeep Sardesai is a well-known journalist, who was the Editor-in-chief of the of IBN18 Network. His daughter Shonali, is a senior social scientist at the World Bank in Washington DC.