Google on Wednesday celebrated the 78th birth anniversary of Indian cricketer Dilip Sardesai with a doodle. Often regarded as Indian cricket's 'Renaissance Man', Sardesai is best known for his contributions with 642 runs, which included three centuries and a highest of 212, that helped India won their maiden Test series win in West Indies. Born in 1940, Sardesai was regarded as one of the best batsmen against spin bowling. He made his firs-class cricket debut for Indian Universities against the visiting Pakistan team in 1960-61 at Pune.
Sardesai, popularly known as 'Sardee-Singh', made his presence felt at the debut match by scoring 87 runs in 194 minutes. He made his debut for Indian in 1961 against England in the Kanpur test. In his celebrated career of over a decade, he played 30 test matches and scored 2001 runs, which included five centuries and nine fifties, at an average of 38.48. Interestingly, he played his last international innings against the same opponent in Delhi.
Besides having shining international career, Sardesai represented Bombay in the Rajni Trophy in 13 seasons, including 10 finals, between 1961 and 1973. He breathed his last on July 2, 2007 at the age of 66. He is survived by his wife Nandini - who is a sociologist and former member of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) - a son and two daughters.
His son Rajdeep is a senior journalist and made six first-class cricket appearances for Oxford University. He was awarded a cricket Blue at Oxford. One of Saredesai's daughters, Shonali, is a senior social scientist at the World Bank in Washington.