Deepak Shodhan, India’s oldest living Test cricketer died

May 16, 2016 16:00 IST
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Former Test cricketer Deepak Shodhan, the first Indian to score a memorable ton in his debut innings, died on 16 May 2016. He was 87.

India's oldest living Test cricketer died due to cardiac arrest after a brief battle with lung cancer at his residence in Ahmedabad.

Deepak Shodhan

• He was left-handed batsman and could bowl medium pace.

• He played just three Tests in all averaging 60-plus.

• He rescued India from dire straits by scoring 110 not out in his debut innings against Pakistan in the fifth and final drawn Test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in 1952-53.

• His debut match was the first series between the two countries after partition.

• In the match, he stepped in at number 8 when India was tottering at 179 for 3 in reply to Pakistan’s 257 all out

• He batted with Dattu Phadkar, GS Ramchand, wicketkeeper Prabir Sen and last man Ghulam Ahmed to guide the team to a 140-run lead.

• After the series of Pakistan, he was picked for the tour to the West Indies.

• Playing against West Indies in the opening Test at Port of Spain; he made 45 and 11 low down the order, before getting injured.

• The fourth test against West Indies was his last appearance in the country’s jersey.

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