Dilip Sardesai was an Indian cricketer who played for the Indian national team from 1961 to 1972. Born on August 8, 1940, in Goa, Sardesai was a right-handed batsman and a part-time off-break bowler.
Sardesai made his debut for India in 1961, in a test match against England. He struggled in his early years and had a string of low scores, but he worked hard on his game and improved his performance. In the 1964-65 season, Sardesai was a key member of the Indian team that toured Australia and New Zealand. He scored three centuries on the tour, including a double century in the second test against Australia, which helped India win the match and level the series.
Sardesai continued to be a consistent performer for India and was a vital part of the team’s success in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He played a crucial role in India’s historic series win against West Indies in 1971, scoring two centuries in the first two tests. He was named the man of the series for his performances.
Sardesai retired from cricket in 1972, after playing a total of 39 test matches for India. He finished his career with 2,001 runs at an average of 31.22, with five centuries and 11 half-centuries.
After his playing career, Sardesai became a cricket commentator and was known for his articulate and insightful analysis of the game. He passed away on July 2, 2007, at the age of 66.
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Dilip Sardesai was a valuable player for the Indian cricket team and played a crucial role in their success in the 1960s and 1970s. He will always be remembered for his contributions to Indian cricket.
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