Dilip Sardesai

Dilip Sardesai

Dilip Sardesai

INTL CAREER: 1961 - 1972

Full Name

Dilip Narayan Sardesai


August 08, 1940, Margao, Goa


July 02, 2007, Mumbai, (aged 66y 328d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm bowler



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.
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
1960/61 - 1972/73


Dilip Sardesai is caught by Alan Knott
Dilip Sardesai on his way to 53
Dilip Sardesai
The 1967 India squad touring England. (Standing, from left): V Subramanya, Bhagwath Chandrasekhar, Sadanand Mohol, Subrata Guha, S Venkataraghavan, Farokh Engineer, Ajit Wadekar, Ramesh Saxena, Hanumant Singh, Bishan Bedi and Erapalli Prasanna. (Front row) M Chinnaswamy (treasurer), Rusi Surti, Chandu Borde, Nawab of Pataudi (captain), Keki Tarapore (manager), Budhi Kunderan and Dilip Sardesai
Dilip Sardesai bats during his century at Port-of-Spain in 1971
Collage: Rajdeep Sardesai as a child, with his father, Dilip Sardesai