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Deepak Shohan, India's Oldest Cricketer Passes Away
By: Natasha Mahesh, 2016-05-16 12:42:55.0Category: Personalities
India's oldest cricketer and the second to score a century on Test debut, Roshan Harshadal Shodhan, popularly known as Deepak Shodhan passed away aged 87 early Monday morning. Shodhan took his last breath at his residence in Ahmedabad. The funeral is scheduled for 11 am on Monday.
Deepak Shodhan was a left-handed batsman who could bowl left-arm pace as well. He made his debut at the age of 25 and played three Tests in which he scored 180 runs at an average of 60.33 which is the highest by an Indian cricketer in a completed career in the longer format. His century came against Pakistan against Eden Gardens during the tour of 1952. Walking in at No. 8, Shodhan played an attractive innings of 110, handing India a 140-run lead, which allowed them to escape with a draw. Ever since, 13 more Indian cricketers have achieved the laurel, with Rohit Sharma being the latest with his century against West Indies in 2013. Earlier this year in February, Shodhan was diagnosed with lung cancer.