D. B. Deodhar

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Dinkar Balwant Deodhar
Born(1892-01-14)14 January 1892
Pune, British India
Died24 August 1993(1993-08-24) (aged 101)
Pune, India
NationalityIndia India

Dinkar Balwant Deodhar (14 January 1892 – 24 August 1993) was an Indian cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1911 to 1948.

Deodhar was born in Poona (now Pune), British India. He was a professor at S.P. College in Pune.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

He was awarded the Padma Shri award in 1965 and the Padma Bhushan in 1991 by the Indian Government.[1] He is the only Indian first-class cricketer known to have lived to 100.[citation needed]

India's former National Badminton Champions Tara Deodhar, Sunder Deodhar, and Suman Deodhar are his daughters.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.

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