Sandeep Patil

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Name Hindi: संदीप पाटिल / Gender Man

Sandeep Patil

One of India’s most renowned cricket icons, Sandeep Madhusudan Patil, has carved a niche for himself in the field of sports through his outstanding performances and immense contribution.

Early Life & Career Beginnings

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Sandeep Patil was born on August 18th, 1956, in Mumbai, India. He began his cricketing journey at a very young age under the guidance of his father, Madhusudan Patil, who was also an esteemed first-class cricketer. His hard work combined with natural talent soon garnered him a well-deserved recognition as one of India’s promising young talents.

Career Highlights

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  • International Debut: Sandeep made his international debut for the Indian team in January 1980 playing against Australia. Over the next seven years, he represented India in 29 Test matches and 45 One Day Internationals (ODIs).
  • Batting Achievements: He is best remembered for his breathtaking innings of 174 runs scored off just 165 balls against Australia in Adelaide during the 1981 series. This landmark score remains etched as one of the greatest contributions to Indian Test Cricket history.
  • All-rounder Performances: Known for his aggressive batting style, Sandeep also proved himself to be an effective medium pace bowler. His all-round prowess significantly strengthened the Indian team’s middle-order batting line-up.
  • Famous Victories: Under his participation, Team India clinched two extremely prestigious victories – The World Cup in 1983 and Asia Cup in 1984.

Lifetime Achievements & Post-playing Career

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After retiring from international cricket in 1986, he continued his association with the sport in different roles. Sandeep Patil served as the coach of Kenya and Oman national cricket teams, also taking Kenyan team to World Cup semi-finals in 2003 which is a huge achievement. Later, he was appointed as Director of The National Cricket Academy located in Bangalore, India.

Besides coaching, Patil has been involved in other aspects of sports management too. He acted as a selector for the Indian cricket team and chaired the selection committee during 2012-2016 period. His tenure was marked by sound decisions that have reaped great benefits for Indian cricket.

In honour of his tremendous contribution to Indian cricket both on and off-field, Sandeep received several accolades including prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” at Sports Illustrated’s Annual Sports awards ceremony held in Mumbai in 2015.

Sandeep Patil: A True Icon

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Whether it’s his stunning performances or deep-rooted passion towards nurturing future talents, Sandeep Madhusudan Patil stands out as an epitome of commitment and dedication within the cricket fraternity not only in India but across the globe. His magnificent career portrays him as much more than just a player – indeed a true mentor, visionary leader and icon who left no stone unturned to serve his country through this beloved sport named Cricket.

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