D. B. Deodhar
|Dinkar Balwant Deodhar|
January 14, 1892|
|Died||August 24, 1993
Popularly known as the Grand Old Man of Indian Cricket, he was an aggressive right-hand batsman and also a bowler known for his legbreaks. He captained the Maharashtra team in Ranji Trophy regional matches during 1939 – '41. In his first-class career, he played 81 matches, scoring 4522 runs at an average of 39.32 and 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, the Indian 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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