Google Feature — Dilip Sardesai Animated Doodle
78th Birth Anniversary of Renaissance Man of Indian Cricket
Today marks the 78th birth anniversary of legendary Indian Test cricketer Dilip Narayan Sardesai (August 8, 1940 – July 2, 2007). He was the only Goa-born cricketer to play for India, and was often regarded as India’s best batsman against spin bowling.
He made his debut for India against England in 1961 in Kanpur and played 30 Test matches for the country. He hung up his boots in 1972, playing his last game in Delhi. He scored 2001 runs at an average of 38.48, with five centuries and nine half-centuries.
Known as Indian cricket’s Renaissance Man, he was part of most of India’s prominent early victories in Test cricket. He was nicknamed Sardee-man by West Indian fans, showing his skill at the crease as he would send a ball flying.
He passed away in 2007, aged 67, due to a chest infection.
Google Doodle pays tribute to Dilip Sardesai on his 78th birth anniversary.
Renaissance Man of Indian Cricket — Dilip Sardesai
(August 8, 1940 – July 2, 2007)
Google today celebrates the 78th Birth Anniversary of Dilip Sardesai with an animated doodle.
On clicking the doodle, it takes the visitor to Google search result page for news on Dilip Sardesai.
Google Doodle — Dilip Sardesai’s 78th Birthday
GoogleDoodle celebrates Dilip Sardesai’s 78th Birthday in today’s Google Doodle!
There are no Test cricket grounds approved for national matches in Goa, the former Portuguese colony on India’s western coast where Dilip Sardesai was born on August 8, 1940. Nevertheless Sardesai would go on to become a legendary batsman for India.
Considered one of the best batsmen ever to play the game, Sardesai was especially effective against spin bowling. He would play 30 Test matches for India, earning the title Renaissance Man of Indian cricket. Between 1961 and 1972, he scored 2,001 runs.
Sardesai’s greatest feat came in 1971 when he helped defeat the mighty West Indies side in their own backyard. The Indian team had lost to Barbados and struggled against Guyana, but Sardesai became a national hero in India for his 642 runs in the series, including a score of 212 in the Test match at Kingston, Jamaica. To boost his team’s spirits, he declared the match a Popatwadi attack, a term he coined himself to poke fun at opponents.
‘I was told he was terrific against spin,’ wrote his son, journalist Rajdeep Sardesai. ‘He wasn’t the greatest fielder but he was always someone who was ready for a fight.’ Today’s animated Doodle depicts Sardesai, whom West Indian fans nicknamed Sardee-man, showing his skill at the crease as he sends a ball flying.
Happy 78th birthday, Dilip Sardesai!
Below is a picture of the Doodle on Google’s home page as it appeared today.
Dilip Sardesai’s 78th Birthday
Dilip Sardesai Google Doodle
Published on August 7, 2018 by Doodle Celebration Today.
Today The Search Engine Google is showing a Doodle for Dilip Sardesai. Today in India Google celebrate Dilip Sardesai’s 78th Birthday.
Dilip Sardesai was born on 8th August 1940, Margao, Goa , He was an Indian Test cricketer. He was the only Goa-born cricketer to play for India, and was often regarded as India’s best batsman against spin bowling.
Sardesai made his first mark in cricket in the inter-university Rohinton Baria Trophy in 1959 – 60 where he made 435 runs at an average of 87. He made his first-class cricket debut for Indian Universities against the touring Pakistan team at Pune in 1960 – 61, scoring 87 in 194 minutes.
His immediate success led to selection for the Board president’s XI against the same team at Bangalore, where he scored 106 not out, and then as a standby in the final match of the Test series.
He scored 202 against Madras University at about the same time, and was then selected to represent Bombay in the Ranji Trophy. He was one of the five Indian Cricket Cricketers of the Year in 1960 – 61.
Sardesai was popularly known as Sardee-man. During his successful 1970 – 71 tour there, Sardesai was asked at the airport whether he had anything to declare. ‘I have come here with runs’, he replied, ‘and I’ll go back with more’.
He died on 2nd July 2007 at Mumbai.
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