Google Doodle celebrates Indian cricket’s renaissance man Dilip Sardesai

Google pays homage to India's best batsman against spin bowling.

New Delhi: Google on Wednesday put up a doodle on the search engine’s welcome page, celebrating the 78th birthday of Indian cricketer Dilip Sardesai.

Dilip who is often regarded as India’s best batsman against spin bowling, made his first mark in cricket in the inter-university Rohinton Baria Trophy in 1959-60 where he made 435 runs at an average of 87.

Dilip Sardesai made his first-class cricket debut for Indian Universities against Pakistan’s touring team at Pune in 1960-61, scoring 87 in 194 minutes. He then got selected for the board president’s XI against the same team in Bangalore, where he scored 106.

He scored 202 against Madras University at about the same time, and was then selected to represent Mumbai (then Bombay) in the Ranji Trophy.

Sardesai was known as Indian cricket’s Renaissance Man, and was part of most of India’s prominent early victories in Test cricket since his debut in 1961 against England.

Sardesai’s last Test was in 1972 against England in Delhi. He died at the age of 66 on July 2, 2007 after he was admitted to Bombay Hospital on 23 June following a chest infection.

Sunil Gavaskar in 2007 said, “He showed us how to play fast bowling and in doing so gave us the confidence we needed to beat the West Indies. One of his great strengths was that he was always very positive and he spread that through the team. He was a great influence on me as a player and someone I always looked up to.”

Dilip Sardesai’s son, Rajdeep Sardesai, a prominent journalist took to Twitter to share his joy and wrote, “Wow! @Google pays tribute to Dilip Sardesai on his 78th birth anniv with a Google Doodle.. not sure of the stance and video though! (sic)”

Watch the doodle here:

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