Chandrasekhar Trimbak Sarwate was born on 22 July 1920, Sagar District of Madhya Pradesh. He was popularly known as Chnadu or Chandra.
Chandrasekhar Trimbak Sarwate was an all-rounder player. He played nine Test matches for India in both colonial Indian team and independent Indian team between 1946 and 1951 without much success. His test batting average was only 13.00, and his Test bowling average was 124.66. He bowled slow leg breaks.
However, in first-class cricket, Chandrasekhar Trimbak Sarwate had a long career, spanning 32 years, during which he represented Central Provinces and Berar Cricket Team, Maharashtra Cricket Team, Hindus Cricket Team, Bombay Cricket Team, Holkar Cricket Team, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Team and Vidarbha Cricket Team.
The most famous innings of Chandrasekhar Trimbak Sarwate was for the Indians against Surrey at The Oval in 1946, when he and Shute Banerjee put on 249 for the last wicket, more than the first nine wickets put together.
Chandrasekhar Trimbak Sarwate is the only time in first-class cricket when the last two batsmen have both scored centuries. Chandrasekhar Trimbak Sarwate remains the highest partnership in first-class cricket between number ten and eleven batsmen. His highest score was 246 for Holkar Cricket Team against Bengal Cricket Team in 1951, and his best bowling in an innings was 9 for 61 for Holkar Cricket Team against Mysore Cricket Team in 1946. His overall batting average in first-class cricket was 32.73, and his bowling average was 23.54.
After retirement from cricket, Sarwate was a national selector for three years in the early 1980s, and was one of the selectors who picked the Indian team that won the World Cup in England in 1983. Besides being the secretary of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, he was also the chairman of its selection committee on number of occasions. Sarwate held degrees in arts and law and was a fingerprint expert by profession.
Chandrasekhar Trimbak Sarwate died on December 23, 2003 in Indore.
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