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Birth of Dilip Sardesai, whose stubbornness served India best in the Caribbean in 1970-71, when his three Test centuries included a career-best 212 in Kingston.

He averaged 80.25 as India won the series 1-0. In England in 1971, Sardesai's pivotal double of 54 and 40 allowed Bhagwath Chandrasekhar to hasten England's defeat at The Oval. Sardesai was limpet-like and usually defensive, but he could attack when he needed to, and scored one of India's fastest hundreds, against New Zealand in Delhi in 1964-65. He died in Mumbai in 2007.