Ganguly to deliver Dilip Sardesai Memorial lecture

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Published: Monday, July 2, 2012, 16:02 [IST]
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Dada to deliver Dilip Sardesai lecture

Mumbai, Jul 2: Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly will be delivering the Dilip Sardesai Memorial Cricket Lecture on September 7 in Mumbai.

The late Dilip Sardesai's wife Nandini told Mid-day that the former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has agreed to deliver a lecture on September 7.

"Sourav has agreed to deliver the lecture and it will be a great honour for us since he has been one of Indian cricket's most successful captains," said Nandini, wife of the late Dilip Sardesai.

Today being the cricketing legend's fifth death anniversary, Dilip Sardesai's wife spoke to Mid-day and told how her husband was a part of her life.

"I miss Dilip and find it hard to believe he is no more with me. I have an identity as a teacher, but more importantly for me, it was Dilip who gave my status a stature. He was a good, caring and a jovial human being, full of anecdotes," added Nandini, a retired sociology professor, who did a thesis on sociology of cricket.

The former Indian cricketer had scored three hundreds in the team's historic 1971 Test series win over West Indies in the Carribean.

The late Dilip Sardesai, India's batting stalwart represented the country in 30 Test matches andhad scored 2001 runs with a highest score of 212 at an average of 39.23 while his first class record was also impressive as he had recorded an average of 41.75 with 222 being his highest score.

He had played 179 First-class matches and had collected 10230 runs which included 56 half centuries and 25 centuries.

After Sunil Gavaskar, Bishen Singh Bedi and Kapil Dev, it is the Prince of Kolkata's turn to deliver this prestigious lecture.

While Ganguly is all set to deliver the Dilip Sardesai Memorial Lecture on the seventh of September this year in Mumbai, it is not the first time, the Bengal batsman is gearing up behind the microphone as he has already delivered a lecture in the year 2009, at England's University of Oxford as part of International Cricket Council's centenary celebrations.

Having quit international cricket in the year 2008, Ganguly has been engaging himself in various activities to putforth his cricketing experience. Hence, the upcoming lecture gives him a platform to put forth his views straight from the heart.


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