India’s oldest test cricketer Deepak Shodhan passed away on 16th May 2016, Monday. Deepak Sodhan was the first Indian cricketer to score a century on Test debut. He died at his Ahmedabad home. Deepak Sodhan was 87 year and 210 days old. He was suffering from lung cancer that was diagnosed in February.
Deepak Sodhan was India’s oldest surviving Test cricketer. Playing his first Test against Pakistan in 1952, Shodhan immediately made headlines as he slammed 110 runs on debut. Gokul, son of Deepak Shodhan’s elder brother Jyotindra said that, “He had respiratory issues and died of a heart attack. The Shodhan family was at his residence.”
Deepak Sodhan was a left-hand batsman and bowler. He made his debut in India Team at age of 25 only. Sodhan played 3 Test matches for India and scored 181 runs, average. 60.33 and 43 first-class matches and scored 1802 runs (HS 261, 4×100) and took 73 wickets bowling left-arm spin.
Deepak Sodhan said in his recent interview that, “I told Ghulam that I was very eager to score a century. There were other players in the Indian team who wanted Ghulam to throw his wicket, but Ghulam was a thorough gentleman. Only Lala Amarnath came out to applaud my effort.”
“I believe in destiny. I made my Ranji Trophy debut against Western India States Cricket Association (WISCA) or Kathiawar at Rajkot in January 1947 because Jasu Patel did not show up fearing he would be called (for chucking) by one of the umpires. We were raised on matting wickets and there was no one to encourage players from Gujarat”, said Sodhan in Interview was on 11th February 2016.