D. B. Deodhar
|Dinkar Balwant Deodhar|
|Born||14 January 1892|
Pune, British India
|Died||24 August 1993 (aged 101)|
Popularly known as the Grand Old Man of Indian Cricket, he was an aggressive right-hand batsman and also a bowler known for his leg-breaks. He captained Maharashtra in Ranji Trophy matches from 1939 to 1941. In his first-class career, he played 81 matches, scoring 4522 runs at an average of 39.32 with a highest score of 246.
He was Vice President of the BCCI, the President of the Maharashtra Cricket Association, and also a national selector. The Deodhar Trophy, a limited overs inter-zonal cricket tournament played in India since 1973, is named after him. In 1996, India Post issued a commemorative stamp in his honor. A statue of D.B. Deodhar was unveiled at Pune's Sahara cricket stadium in 2012.
Like Bill Ashdown, he is one of the few people known to have played first-class cricket both before the First World War and after the Second World War, having played in the Bombay Triangular in 1911 and the Ranji Trophy in 1946.
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