Dilip Sardesai      

Full name Dilip Narayan Sardesai

Born August 8, 1940, Margao, Goa

Died July 2, 2007, Mumbai (aged 66 years 328 days)

Major teams India, Mumbai

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm bowler

Relation Son - RD Sardesai

Dilip Narayan Sardesai
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 30 55 4 2001 212 39.23 5 9 2 4 0
First-class 179 271 26 10230 222 41.75 25 56 85 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 30 5 59 45 0 - - - 4.57 - 0 0 0
First-class 179 791 552 8 2/15 69.00 4.18 98.8 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut India v England at Kanpur, Dec 1-6, 1961 scorecard
Last Test India v England at Delhi, Dec 20-25, 1972 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1960/61 - 1972/73

The 1970-71 West Indies tour was the last chance for Dilip Sardesai. He was lucky to be picked - it had looked as if his career was dead and buried - he went on to be Indian cricket's Renaissance Man in the watershed year of 1971. A technically correct player, the solid, wristy Sardesai was proficient against spin, but in West Indies he showed his mettle against pace, and pulled India repeatedly out of quicksand. He scored 642 runs, with two single hundreds and a double, and provided an inspirational launching-pad for a legend - Sunil Gavaskar, in his first series. In England later in 1971, Sardesai's pivotal double of 54 and 40 allowed Chandrasekhar to hasten England's defeat at The Oval. Sardesai was limpet-like and usually defensive, but he could attack when he needed to, and scored one of India's fastest hundreds, against New Zealand at Delhi in 1964-65. In the previous Test, his 200 not out at Bombay salvaged a draw after India had been skittled for 88 in the innings. Sardesai enjoyed playing against England: he made his Test debut against them in 1961-62, even before he'd played for Bombay, and it was against England, at Kanpur two years later, that he scored 79 and, after India followed on, 87 to help save the game.
H Natarajan

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Aug 24, 1971

Dilip Sardesai is caught by Alan Knott, England v India, 3rd Test, The Oval, 5th day, August 24, 1971

Dilip Sardesai is caught by Alan Knott

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Jun 5, 1971

Dilip Sardesai batting in England in 1971

Dilip Sardesai batting in England in 1971

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Mar 3, 1971

Dilip Sardesai

Dilip Sardesai

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