Rajdeep Sardesai is one of the popular faces of Indian Journalism, with a TV career spanning over two decades

Sep 28, 2014

Popular news anchor Rajdeep Sardesai, the son of former Indian great Dilip Sardesai currently with the TV Today group and formerly with NDTV and CNN-IBN, was manhandled and slapped in a skirmish with one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s supporters outside Madison Square Garden in New York, where the PM will be addressing a gathering with more than 40,000 supporters.

Rajdeep, who was educated in Oxford played seven First-Class matches. He scored 63 not out (his only fifty) against Kent, whose attack was led by a certain Derek Underwood, who had removed him in the first innings.

He was dismissed seven more times, the wicket-takers included illustrious names of the game such as Eddie Hemmings, Allan Donald, and Abdul Qadir — so he cannot really be blamed for his average of 27.75. However, the most spectacular dismissal came against Cambridge University in his last First-Class match: he scored 40 in his last innings, but fell leg-before to the vicious leg-breaks of a certain Michael Atherton.