Sandeep Patil Biography
Sandeep Patil is a former Indian cricketer and the former coach of Kenya. He was born on 19 August, 1956 in Mumbai. An explosive right-handed batsman, Patil represented India, Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh.
He coached Kenya in the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, where they ended up being one of the semifinalists for the first time. He served as the chief of the BCCI Selection Committee from 2012 to 2016.
Sandeep Patil’s father, Madhusudan Patil was a first-class cricketer and the person behind Sandeep’s interest in cricket.
Sandeep started playing cricket at a very young age under the guidance of his father. He played for the Bombay University and after three successful with them, he made his Ranji debut for Mumbai in 1975.
He scored a scintillating 145 with 18 fours and 6 sixes against Delhi in the Ranji semi-final of 1979.
After some good performance for the West Zone against the touring Australia and Pakistan teams, Sandeep Patil was called to make his test debut against Pakistan at Chennai on 15 January, 1980. He scored a fifty in his second Test which got him selected for the Australian tour.
Rise to glory
In the first innings of the first test in Sydney in the Australian tour of 1980-81, he was hit on the throat by Rodney Hogg when he was batting on 65. He took the charge in the second test at Adelaide where he came out with helmet on and smashed the Aussie bowlers all over the park. It was a dominating innings of 174 runs built on the back of 22 fours and a six.
He added 96 with Kapil Dev against England at Old Trafford in 1982 where India were struggling to avoid follow-on. He scored 129, which was decorated by 6 fours in an over of Bob Willis.
In a test career of 29 matches, he scored 1588 runs with four hundreds. His last hundred came against Pakistan at Faisalabad where he scored 127.
Despite being one of the rarest batsmen of his era to have an ever attacking mindset, he couldn’t capitalize on his skills.
His ODI career also doesn’t justify his capabilities. Even though he started his career with a good innings of 64 against Australia at Melbourne, he could only manage 1005 runs in 45 matches with 9 fifties.
Patil played his last test against England in December 1984. He continued to play ODIs for the next two years till his last match came in May 1986 against England.