Sudhir Vaidya, one of the world’s preeminent cricket statisticians, was born 75-years ago. He celebrates three-quarters of a century on India’s Independence Day on Thursday and claims to be the world’s second oldest living cricket statistician after India’s Anandji Doosa, who will turn 98 next month. He is certainly the second eldest in India.
By BIPIN DANI
“Yes, completing 75 years of age is something special and it is a landmark age”, he said, before adding with a statistical bent, “There is no other significance of 75.”
“God is kind enough to give me this opportunity to work with cricket statistics at this age and I feel proud to honor the commitments”, he continued.
“15 August is India’s Independence Day, but I was born on this day 10 years before”.
“My compilation, which is as vast as Atlantic Ocean or as deep as Pacific Ocean, has found a place in the Limca Book of Records as well as India Book of Records”.
“My compilation has been unique in as much as I am in possession of all the scorecards for all the Tests played ever since 1876-77, for all the One-Day internationals played ever since 05-01-1971 and also for domestic cricket matches played ever since 1934-35”.
On the question of which player has given him more ‘headaches’, he says, “In olden days, it was Sunil Gavaskar. It was very difficult to keep pace with his runs. Now it is Sachin Tendulkar. Every run scored by Sachin Tendulkar in 198 Test matches and 463 ODIs’ he has participated are well recorded in my books”.
“When Sunil Gavaskar was out stumped in one of the matches in Colombo, the commentator on air was amused but I immediately brought to his notice that it was not the first instance when the batsman was out in this fashion.”
Vaidya has planned to celebrate his birthday with his wife and family in a farm house in Pune.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
His twitter bio reads: Eat cricket stories, drink cricket stories, sleep cricket stories.