Deepak Shodhan      

Full name Roshan Harshadlal Shodhan

Born October 18, 1928, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Current age 87 years 199 days

Major teams India, Baroda, Gujarat

Also known as Deepak Harshadlal Shodhan

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm medium

Relation Brother - JH Shodhan

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 3 4 1 181 110 60.33 1 0 0 1 0
First-class 43 64 7 1802 261 31.61 4 7 27 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 3 3 60 26 0 - - - 2.60 - 0 0 0
First-class 43 5358 2486 73 5/49 34.05 2.78 73.3 3 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v Pakistan at Kolkata, Dec 12-15, 1952 scorecard
Last Test West Indies v India at Kingston, Mar 28-Apr 4, 1953 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1946/47 - 1961/62

The case of Deepak Shodhan is one of the most baffling in the history of Indian cricket. An attractive left-hand batsman, he made a memorable debut against Pakistan in the fifth Test at Calcutta in 1952-53. Coming in at No 8, with the total 179 for 6, he propped up the latter half of the order so effectively that India ultimately reached 397. Shodhan was last out for 110, becoming the first player to score a hundred in the first innings of his first Test for India. He was immediately hailed as a bright new star on the Indian batting horizon and on the tour of West Indies which followed immediately he got 45 and 11 in the first Test at Port-of-Spain. Injuries however kept him out of the next three Tests and when brought back for the final Test, he was taken ill on the first day and could not bat in the first innings. In the second innings he got up from his sick bed, went in at No. 10 and scored 15 not out at a critical time when India were in some danger of losing the match. At the end of the tour Shodhan had scored 181 runs in three Tests at an average of 60 plus. Astonishingly, that remained the extent of his Test career for he was never again picked to play for the country. However, he continued to play in the Ranji Trophy until the early sixties and had a record of 1235 runs (33.37) and 59 wickets (30.32) with his left-arm medium pacers in the national competition. He had four centuries in all in a first-class career that stretched from 1946 to 1962.
Partab Ramchand

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Deepak Shodhan, India's oldest living Test cricketer, with his wife Gauri in their home in Ahmedabad, March 2016

Deepak Shodhan, India's oldest living Test cricketer, with his wife Gauri in their home in Ahmedabad

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Tournament Results
England v India at Birmingham - Jun 23, 2013
India won by 5 runs
India v Sri Lanka at Cardiff - Jun 20, 2013
India won by 8 wickets (with 90 balls remaining)
England v South Africa at The Oval - Jun 19, 2013
England won by 7 wickets (with 75 balls remaining)
Australia v Sri Lanka at The Oval - Jun 17, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 20 runs
England v New Zealand at Cardiff - Jun 16, 2013
England won by 10 runs
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