Deepak Shodhan, India’s oldest check cricketer died at his satellite tv for pc–metropolis house in Ahmedabad on Monday. He became 87 and 210 days antique. “He had respiratory troubles and died of acoronary heart assault around 7 A M. The Shodhan family become at his house,” said Gokul, son of Deepak Shodhan’s elder brother Jyotindra who’s ninety one and lives in Ahmedabad. Jyotindra is the oldestdwelling Gujarat cricketer who played the Ranji Trophy. A relative instructed The Hindu that Shodhanchanged into identified with cancer.
Shodhan changed into a left hand batsman and bowler and became famous after making a century on testdebut against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens, Calcutta in December 1952. He batted at No. 8 and faced the likes of the wonderful Fazal Mahmood and Mahmood Hussain. He was batting on 91 when final guyGhulam Ahmed got here in. “I told Ghulam that i was very keen to attain a century. There were othergamers in the Indian group who wanted Ghulam to throw his wicket, but Ghulam turned into an intensivegentleman. simplest Lala Amarnath came out to applaud my attempt,” Shodhan had told this reporter in thedirection of an interview for Sportstar on February 11, 2016.
After Lala Amarnath, the left hander from Gujarat, Shodhan became the second one Indian to attain a century on debut (118, 2d innings in opposition to England, December 1933 at Bombay Gymkhana). Hebecome blanketed in the XI after Vijay Hazare did no longer turn up for the check at Calcutta. Shodhanperformed greater check matches in opposition to the West Indies at Port of Spain and Kingston in 1953.
“I consider in destiny. I made my Ranji Trophy debut towards Western India States Cricket association(WISAC) or Kathiawar at Rajkot in January 1947 because Jasu Patel did display up fearing he might bereferred to as (for chucking) through one of the umpires. We have been raised on matting wickets andthere was no person to inspire gamers from Gujarat,” had said Shodhan, who gave an influence that he did no longer get alongside well with Vinoo Mankad and did no longer suppose incredibly of Col. C.okay. Nayudu.
Shodhan performed 3 checks, scored 181 runs, ave. 60.33 and forty three first elegance matches and scored 1802 runs (HS 261, 4 x 100) and took seventy three wickets bowling left arm spin.