New Delhi. Today is the birthday of Sandeep Patil, a former player of Team India and one of the explosive batsmen of his time. Born on 18 August 1956 in Mumbai, Sandeep Patil has turned 65 today. Sandeep Patil won many matches in his career, he was known for hitting long sixes as a batsman. As a coach, he gave entry to a team like Kenya in the World Cup semi-finals and as a selector of Team India, Patil gave opportunities to young players. Sandeep Patil scored 1588 runs in 29 Tests for India at an average of 36.09, in which he scored 4 centuries. It is worth noting that even in Tests, his strike rate was more than 75. In ODIs, Sandeep Patil scored 1005 runs in 42 innings at an average of 24.51. Patil had scored 9 half-centuries in ODIs. Let us tell you interesting things about Sandeep Patil’s career.
Sandeep Patil played an important role in helping India win the 1983 World Cup. Patil had scored 216 runs in 8 innings of the World Cup played in England at an average of 30.85. Patil’s bat had scored 2 half-centuries in the World Cup and his strike rate was 90.
Sandeep Patil was known for hitting long sixes in his career. In the domestic season of 1978-79, Patil hit a total of 102 sixes in different tournaments. Patil had hit 21 sixes in a match played at Parsi Gymkhana. Patil had brought the ball to the Arabian Sea in a six.
Before his debut, Sandeep Patil had scored a century against Saurashtra in the session between lunch and tea break. Patil had played an innings of 210 runs and during this he had hit a six across the Wankhede Stadium.
During the tour of Australia, Sandeep Patil had thrashed Kangaroo bowlers fiercely. In January 1981, Patil faced bowlers like Daniel Lillee, Rodney Hogg in his fifth Test match and also scored his first Test century. Patil played an explosive innings of 174 runs. In this Test series, Patil scored 311 runs at an average of 62.20.
Sandeep Patil scored his second Test century against England. In 1982, Patil had hit 6 fours in an over of Bob Willis on the Manchester ground. Sandeep Patil went from 73 to 104 in just 9 balls and scored an unbeaten 129 in this match. Sandeep Patil was adjudged man of the match.
In January 1983, Sandeep Patil had achieved the feat of scoring a century before lunch. Patil had scored a century before lunch against North West Frontier Province Governor’s XI. Patil had scored 137 runs in just 2 hours.
Sandeep Patil also created a sensation in international cricket as a coach. Patil had led Kenya to the semi-finals in the 2003 World Cup. Kenya’s team was eliminated only after losing to India in the semi-finals. In the final, India had to face a crushing defeat against Australia.
Sandeep Patil was not only a cricketer but he also worked in modeling and Bollywood films. He was the main artist in the film Kabhi Ajnabi. In this film, he worked with Poonam Dhillon. At the same time, former Indian wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani played the role of Villain in this film.
In September 2012, Sandeep Patil became the chief selector of Team India and during his tenure he took many big decisions. Sandeep Patil made a strategy to give opportunities to the young players. Sandeep Patil had made up his mind to take big decisions on Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni too.
Sandeep Patil had revealed in an interview that he was contemplating to drop Sachin Tendulkar from the team but before that he retired. Not only this, Sandeep Patil also said that he wanted to remove MS Dhoni from the captaincy of the ODI team before the 2015 World Cup.