India’s former cricketer Deepak Shodhan Passes Away at 87 : Deepak Shodhan, the first Indian to make a Test century in his debut innings, has died aged 87. He was India’s oldest living Test cricketer.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced Shodhan’s death on Monday, saying the former batsman had been suffering from lung cancer.
A statement from the governing body read: “The BCCI condoles the sad demise of former Test cricketer Deepak Shodhan (87), who breathed his last on Monday morning at his residence in Ahmedabad.
He was born on October 18, 1928, Shodhan made his Test debut at the age of 25 against Pakistan in 1952 at the Eden Gardens. Coming in to bat at No. 8 with India reeling at 179/6, Shodhan held on with the tail-enders and smashed a fine 110 to hand India the lead. The match ended in a draw and India won the series 2-1.
Shodhan had a long domestic career, playing for Gujarat and Baroda in the Ranji Trophy and was a title-winner in 1957-58. “I loved playing cricket. My first-class career stretched on to 1962, ten years after I played my last Test match,” he had said in April.
Shodhan’s most memorable display came in his Test debut for India when he struck a century to help salvage a draw against arch-rivals Pakistan at Eden Gardens in October 1952, In doing so, he became the first India player to make a century in his maiden Test innings.
While he played just three Tests, Shodhan would go on to have a productive batting career in the domestic game and would also make his mark with the ball, taking 73 first-class wickets.
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