India's oldest Test cricketer Deepak Shodhan passes away

Deepak Shodhan, India’s oldest Test cricketer, died at his residence in Ahmedabad on 16 May, 2016. He was 87 and 210 days old. He had been suffering from lung cancer, which was detected in February this year.

Shodhan was a left-hand batsman and bowler and became famous for making a century (110) on Test debut against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens in December 1952. He batted at No. 8 and faced the likes of the great Fazal Mahmood and Mahmood Hussain. He was batting on 91 when last man Ghulam Ahmed came in.

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After Lala Amarnath, the left-hander from Gujarat, Shodhan became the second Indian to score a century on debut. He was included in the XI after Vijay Hazare did not turn up for the Test at Calcutta. Shodhan played two more Tests against the West Indies at Port of Spain and Kingston in 1953.

Shodhan played three Tests, scored 181 runs, ave. 60.33 and 43 first-class matches and scored 1802 runs (HS 261, 4x100) and took 73 wickets bowling left-arm spin.

M R HS Avg 100/50 Wkts BB
Test 3 181 110 60.3 1/0 - -
First class 43 1802 261 31.61 4/7 73 5/49

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