“He died in his sleep in the wee hours on Tuesday at his residence in Ruikar Colony in Kolhapur,” Ramesh Kadam, a former office-bearer of Kolhapur District Cricket Association, informed PTI. BCCI mourned the demise of Patil and recollected his cricketing journey, largely restricted to home cricket.

“Patil, a medium-pacer, had made an instant impact on his first-class debut for Maharashtra in the 1952-53 season. Playing against Mumbai, he bowled unchanged to skittle the domestic champions for 112 after Maharashtra were bowled out for a mere 167,” BCCI stated in a launch.

“In the 2nd innings, he took three wickets for 68 as Maharashtra secured a 19-run win. He earned the prized India Test cap (No. 79) when he made his debut on the Brabourne Stadium towards the visiting New Zealand crew in 1955 underneath the captaincy of Polly Umrigar.

“Bowling with the brand new ball, he picked up a wicket in every innings in India’s large win by an innings and 27 runs. Patil had impressed the selectors earlier when enjoying for West Zone towards the Kiwis, he returned match figures of seven/74.”

Though he by no means performed for India once more, Patil continued to play for Maharashtra and in addition performed within the Lancashire League, the place he featured in 52 matches, taking 111 wickets in two seasons (1959 and 1961). Patil performed 36 First-Class matches for Maharashtra from 1952-1964, scoring 866 runs and taking 83 wickets. He had additionally captained Maharashtra within the Ranji Trophy.

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