Sandeep Patil is a former Indian cricketer known for his elegant style of play. His role in the team was primarily an aggressive right-handed batter who could also bowl medium pace. He gained the spotlight through his performance in the test match against Australia in 1981 where he scored 174 runs after being hit on his head by Len Pascoe in the preceding inning. Sandeep Patil in action.At the starting of his career, he was more of a wrong foot medium-fast bowler. The first major tournament he played was the Rohinton Baria Trophy for Bombay University. In 1975-76, he made his Ranji Trophy debut for the Bombay team. For three years, he was the irregular member of the side. However, in 1979, he scored 145 runs in the Ranji Trophy semi-finals. Bombay already lost their first four wickets for 72 runs. Sandip came at number six and played aggressively taking Bombay to the finals. The significance of his inning can be estimated from the fact that the next highest score after his score was less than 25. His inning includes 18 fours and a six. Sandeep then represented Edmonton in the Middlesex league in 1979 and 1980, and Somerset B in the succeeding year.India then played a home series against Australia and Pakistan in 1979-80. Sandeep played tour matches against both teams representing West Zone. He scored 44 and 23 against Australia, and 68 and 71 against Pakistan. These innings helped him to earn his place in the last two test matches against Pakistan.
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