Children: Chirag Patil
Profession: Cricketer (Batter)
Age: 65 Years
|Real name/Full name||Sandeep Madhusudan Patil The Times of India|
|Names Earned||Crowd Puller Cricket Country|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 10”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 72 kg
in pounds- 159 lbs
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Hair Colour||Natural Black|
|International Debut||ODI- On 6 December 1980 against Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Test- On 15 January 1980 against Pakistan at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Note- There was no T20 at that time.
|Domestic/State Team||• Madhya Pradesh
• Central Zone
• West Zone
• Rest of India
• Board President's XI
• AL Wadekar's XI
|Coach/Mentor||Ankush 'Anna' Vaidya|
|Batting Style||Right Handed bat|
|Bowling Style||Right Arm medium|
Not Outs- 4
Highest score- 174
Not Outs- 1
Highest Score- 84
Balls Faced- 1223
Strike Rate- 82.17
Strike Rate- 71.6
Strike Rate- 57.6
|Date of Birth||8 August 1956 (Wednesday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||65 Years|
|Birthplace||Bombay (now Mumbai), Bombay State|
|School||Balmohan Vidyamandir, Mumbai|
|College/University||Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai|
|Address||Jogeshwari Residence, Mumbai|
|Relationships & More|
|Affairs/Girlfriends||Debashree Roy (actress) Outlook|
|Children||Sons- Chirag Patil, Prateek Patil
|Daughter-in-Law||Sana Ankola (daughter of former Indian cricketer Salil Ankola)
|Parents||Father- Madhusudan Patil (Former first-class cricketer)
Mother- Sumitra Patil
|Cricketer||Batsman- Yuvraj Singh, Vivian Richards
Bowler- Richards Hadlee, Ian Botham
Some Lesser Known Facts About Sandeep Patil
- Sandeep Patil is a former Indian cricketer known for his elegant style of play. His role in the team was primarily an aggressive right-handed batter who could also bowl medium pace. He gained the spotlight through his performance in the test match against Australia in 1981 where he scored 174 runs after being hit on his head by Len Pascoe in the preceding inning.
- At the starting of his career, he was more of a wrong foot medium-fast bowler. The first major tournament he played was the Rohinton Baria Trophy for Bombay University. In 1975-76, he made his Ranji Trophy debut for the Bombay team. For three years, he was the irregular member of the side. However, in 1979, he scored 145 runs in the Ranji Trophy semi-finals. Bombay already lost their first four wickets for 72 runs. Sandip came at number six and played aggressively taking Bombay to the finals. The significance of his inning can be estimated from the fact that the next highest score after his score was less than 25. His inning includes 18 fours and a six. Sandeep then represented Edmonton in the Middlesex league in 1979 and 1980, and Somerset ‘B’ in the succeeding year.
- India then played a home series against Australia and Pakistan in 1979-80. Sandeep played tour matches against both teams representing West Zone. He scored 44 and 23 against Australia, and 68 and 71 against Pakistan. These innings helped him to earn his place in the last two test matches against Pakistan.
- Two weeks before this match, he made his highest first-class score against Saurashtra at the Wankhede Stadium. On the second day when he came out to bat, he was 45 runs not out before lunch. Carrying forward that inning, he reached his hundred in 139 balls and ended up with the score of 210 runs off 205 balls including seven sixes and nineteen fours. His last six cleared the stadium and landed on the hockey stadium nearby.
- In the second test match at Eden Gardens, Calcutta (now Kolkata), he made 62 runs. He also appeared in the Golden Jubilee Test against England later following that season.
- He was then selected for the tour of Australia in 1980-81. Before the test match, he scored 116 runs against South Australia; a team comprising of players like Rodney Hogg. He then scored 60 and 97 against Queensland which had a player like Jeff Thomson. In his debut ODI match, he scored 64 against Australia and earned the ‘Player of the Match’ award.
- Following that, a test series was held where Patil after reaching 65 runs just before the tea break, was hit on the throat by Hogg. He continued to play after that, but later was he was hit on the right ear by Len Pascoe. After which, he got retired hurt. However, in the second inning, he batted with an injured head on the insistence of the team’s captain Sunil Gavaskar which India lost by an inning margin.
- After two weeks, he scored his highest test score in the second test match against Australia at Adelaide in January 1981. His score of 174 runs came at the time when India lost their first four wickets on 130 runs. At that time, it was the highest score by an Indian in Australia which included twenty-two-fours and one-six of Bruce Yardley over mid-wicket. In the next series, he opened the bowling alongside Kapil Dev against New Zealand in Auckland in March 1981.
- He was then dropped from the side after the home series against England in 1981-82 but was picked immediately after. In a match at Manchester, he scored his second test hundred. India was in danger of an inning defeat when he added 96 runs along with Kapil Dev. When England took the second new ball, Patil hit Ian Botham for four and three in the last two balls of his over. In the next over, he hit Bob Willis for six fours and took the score from 73 to 104 runs in nine balls. He remained not out on 129 runs till the end of the play before rain interrupted the match.
- His next hundred came against Sri Lanka in September 1982 at Chennai. However, he was dropped from the team in the middle of the season. Again while India was on a tour of the West Indies, Patil hit 121 runs not out in a Ranji final against Karnataka. Interestingly, all those runs came in the single session when Bombay was targetting a declaration on the final day.
- In June 1983, the Cricket World Cup started where Patil scored 216 runs in 8 matches. The highlight of that series was his unbeaten 51 runs which he scored against England in the semis at Manchester. Chasing the score of 214 runs in 60-overs, Patil came at number five and scored that runs in 32 balls which included eight boundaries. In the finals, he scored valuable 26 runs and helped India to clinch their maiden Cricket World Cup title. Not only this, but he was also in the top five among leading run-getters for India in that World Cup.
- Following that Cup, he scored 609 runs in the 1983-84 Ranji season. His fourth and last international test hundred came against Pakistan at Faisalabad in October 1984.
- In December 1984, he scored valuable 41 runs against England in Delhi. However, he was dropped from the next test at Eden Gardens (Kolkata) as a disciplinary measure along with Kapil Dev. He was replaced by Mohammad Azharuddin who then scored three centuries in three tests. In 1986, he was recalled for a few more one-day matches.
- Patil announced his retirement from international cricket in September 1986 after appearing against the Australian at Bombay. But he came back to captain the Madhya Pradesh side and scored 185 against Bombay in 1990.
- Post-retirement, he coached the Indian national team and India ‘A’ team. In the 2003 Cricket World Cup, he guided Kenya to the Semi-finals. On 27 September 2012, he served as the chairman of the selectors of the Board of Control for Cricket in India till September 2016.
- Besides his cricket career, he featured in a Bollywood movie ‘Kabhi Ajnabi The’ opposite Poonam Dhillon and Debashree Roy where he played the role of a strong antagonist. This movie was offered to him soon after the 1983 World Cup victory and the movie was released in 1986. However, it became a major debacle at the box office.
- He also edited the sports magazine named ‘Ekach Shatkar’ which became a top-selling sports magazine in Maharashtra.
- On 24 December 2021, a movie named ’83’ was released where his son Chirag Patil has played the role of his father.