Former India Test cricketer Sadashiv Patil passed away on Tuesday in Kolhapur. He was 86 and is survived by his wife and two daughters. The former cricketer represented the country in one Test and played 36 first-class matches over 11 seasons.
“He died in his sleep in the wee hours on Tuesday at his residence in Ruikar Colony in Kolhapur,” Ramesh Kadam, a former office-bearer of Kolhapur District Cricket Association, told PTI.
A medium-pacer, Sadashiv Patil made an impressive first-class debut for Maharashtra in the 1952-53 season. Playing against Mumbai, he bowled unchanged to help his side bowl out the champions for 112 after Maharashtra were bowled out for a mere 167. In the 2nd innings, he took three wickets for 68, powering Maharashtra to a 19-run win.
Three years after his first-class debut, he earned his maiden India call-up for the Test against New Zealand in 1955 at the Brabourne Stadium with the legendary Polly Umrigar being the captain. He picked up one wicket in each innings as the hosts thrashed the visitors by an innings and 27 runs. He had dismissed John Reid in both innings.
Before his international debut, he had impressed while playing for West Zone against New Zealand by taking match figures of 7/74. Unfortunately, he never played for India again but Sadashiv Patilk continue to ply his trade for Maharashtra and also played in the Lancashire League, where he featured in 52 matches, taking 111 wickets in two seasons (1959 and 1961).
Overall, he picked up 83 first-class wickets at 30.66 with 3 five-wicket hauls, he also scored 866 runs at 27.06 with three half-centuries.