Former Test cricketer Chandu Sarvate dead

Published: Wednesday, December 24, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Indore: Former Test cricketer and national selector Captain Chandu Sarvate died in Indore on Tuesday evening at the Apollo hospital following a protracted illness, his family said.

Sarvate, 83, is survived by his wife and a daughter.

Born on July 22, 1920 in Sagar town of Madhya Pradesh, Chandrashekhar Trimbak (Chandu) Sarvate played nine Tests between 1946 and 1952.

Sarvate, however, had a lengthy first-class career from 1936 to 1949 when he played for the Central Provinces and Berar, Maharashtra Hindu, Mumbai, Holkar, Madhya Bharat, Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha.

Sarvate was an all-rounder who could bowl both off and leg spin. He scored 7430 runs at an average of 32.73 and took 494 wickets at 23.54 in 171 matches.

In the year 1946, while playing for India against Surrey, Sarvate added 249 runs with Shoote Banerjee for the last wicket partnership, a record yet to be broken.

It was the only occasion in the cricket when a batsmen at number 10 and 11 scored a century.

In the Melbourne Test against Australia in the year 1948, Sarvate along with Vinoo Mankad bravely faced the attack of Ray Lindwall and Keith Miller to score 124 runs.

A finger-print expert by profession, Sarvate was the chairman of the MP's selection committee on number of occasions.

He was also the selector of the country's World Cup winning team in the year 1983 and also served as the secretary of the MPCA.

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