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Last Updated: Monday, 2 July 2007, 18:09 GMT 19:09 UK
India Test batsman Sardesai dies
Dilip Sardesai
Dilip Sardesai was particularly strong when facing spinners
Former India Test batsman Dilip Sardesai has died at the age of 66 following multiple organ failure.

Sardesai had been admitted to hospital in Mumbai for a chest infection.

He played 30 Tests between 1961 and 1972, collecting five hundreds and nine half-centuries at an average of just under 40. He scored 2,001 runs.

He is best remembered for his 642 runs with three centuries and a best of 212 in India's historic first Test series victory in West Indies, in 1971.

Later that year he scored 54 and 40 in the Oval Test, before leg-spinner Bhagwat Chandrasekhar took 6-38 to spin the visitors to their maiden Test series win in England.

At his best, he was regarded as India's best batsman against spin bowling. Sardesai is survived by his wife and two children.



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