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Google celebrates the 78th birth anniversary of noted Indian cricketer Dilip Sardesai with an animated doodle
The internet search engine giant Google celebrates the 78th birth anniversary of noted Indian cricketer Dilip Sardesai with an animated doodle on its home page.

Google doodle archives web site writes, "Happy 78th birthday, Dilip Sardesai!" Sardesai is regarded the top batsman against spin bowling during his days.

Today's animated Doodle depicts Sardesai, whom West Indian fans nicknamed "Sardee-man," showing his skill at the crease as he sends a ball flying, wote the Google doodle  website.

"There are no Test cricket grounds approved for national matches in Goa, the former Portuguese colony on India's western coast where Dilip Sardesai was born on August 8, 1940. Nevertheless Sardesai would go on to become a legendary batsman for India," informs the website.

Some of highlights from the website are as follows.

-He played 30 Test matches for India, earning the title "Renaissance Man of Indian cricket." Between 1961 and 1972, he scored 2,001 runs.

-Sardesai's greatest feat came in 1971 when he helped defeat the mighty West Indies side in their own backyard. …To boost his team's spirits, he declared the match a "Popatwadi attack"—a term he coined himself to poke fun at opponents.

"I was told he was terrific against spin," wrote his son, journalist Rajdeep Sardesai. "He wasn't the greatest fielder but he was always someone who was ready for a fight."

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