Google pays tribute to Dilip Sardesai

In a career spanning more than 10 years, Sardesai hammered over 10,000 first class runs playing for Mumbai and India.

India's Dilip Sardesai hitting Sellers to mid-wicket. on the second day of the Third Test cricket match between India and Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.   -  THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Google on Wednesday celebrated the 78th birth anniversary of eminent Indian cricketer Dilip Sardesai with a doodle that depicts the prolific batsman playing a lofted drive.

Sardesai, a former Test cricketer, was considered one of India’s best batsman against spin bowling.

His knock of 212 in India's 387 in the first Test match between West Indies and India at Sabina Park, Kingston proved to be the turning point as the visitor went on to clinch the five-Test series 1-0.

Sardesai’s fighting 112 was chiefly instrumental in India gaining a lead of 138 in the second Test at Port of Spain, which it eventually won by seven wickets.

He scored 642 runs in five Tests at 80.25, including two hundreds and a double.

The right-hander was the only Goan to play for India. In a career spanning more than 10 years, Sardesai hammered over 10,000 first class runs playing for Mumbai and India.

He made his Test debut against England in 1961 and bid adieu to the game against the same opponent in 1972.