India’s oldest living Test cricketer and the first Indian to make a Test century in his debut innings, Deepak Shodhan, passed away at the age of 87.
He took his last breath at his residence in Ahmedabad on May 16. He had been suffering from lung cancer, which was detected in February this year.
A left-hand batsman who bowled left-arm pace as well, Shodhan played his first match at the age of 25, against Pakistan at Eden Gardens in 1952.
He played three Tests in which he scored 180 runs at an average of 60.33 which is the highest by an Indian cricketer in a completed career in the longer format.
Despite the bright start, Shodhan played only two more Tests. But, he remained a prominent figure for Gujarat in Ranji trophy.
He announced his retirement in 1961. He had scored 1235 runs (33.37) and picked up 59 wickets (30.32).