Google Doodle is celebrating former India cricketer Dilip Sardesai’s 78th birthday today. The then Bombay-born cricketer was one of the best players of spin, he was wristy and was perfect in Indian conditions. Sardesai was also one of the five Indian Cricket Cricketers of the Year in 1960-61. The elegant right-hander burst onto the scene in the inter-university Rohinton Baria Trophy in 1959-60 where he made 435 runs at an average of 87. Such scores at a consistent rate suddenly got him in the limelight.

Not that Sardesai was only good at playing spin, he had the technique to also counter pace and he showed that in West Indies when he scored 642 runs, with two single hundreds and a double (212). The Mumbaikar had a watertight defence which always helped him see off difficult situations. He was arguably one of India’s finest middle-order batsman ever.

He not only enjoyed playing against England but also made his debut against them in 1961-62. He was so immensely talented that he first played for India even before playing for his state.

Sardesai played 30 Tests and amassed 2001 runs at an average of 39.23 which comprised of five centuries and nine half-centuries.

Dilip Sardesai died on 2 July 2007, after he was admitted to Bombay Hospital on 23 June following a chest infection.

Sardesai’s son Rajdeep is a noted journalist, who was the Editor-in-Chief of IBN18 Network, that includes CNN-IBN, IBN7 and IBN-Lokmat from where he left in July 2014. He is currently working as the consulting editor at TV Today.