Salim Durani
Salim Durani (Image Credits: Twitter)

Last Update on: April 2nd, 2023 at 12:23 pm

Former Indian cricketer Salim Durani passed away on Sunday morning at his home in Jamnagar, Gujarat. The 88-year-old died after battling with cancer, and his demise was confirmed by sources close to the family, according to new reports. The cricket fraternity from across the world paid tribute to the legendary all-rounder.

Salim Durani, who was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, represented India in 29 Tests between 1960 and 1973. The left-arm orthodox bowler played a crucial role in India’s historic 2-0 win over England in the historic five-match Test series in 1961-62. Durani picked up eight and 10 wickets in the team’s victories at Calcutta and Madras.

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The Kabul-born cricketer entertained the spectators with his both batting and bowling in red-ball cricket. Durani scored 1,202 runs with an average of 25.04, including seven fifties and one century. The former Indian all-rounder took 75 wickets with an average of 35.42, including three five-wicket hauls in the longer format of the game.

Former Indian cricketer and head coach Ravi Shastri took to Twitter to mourn Salim Durrani and said that he is one of India’s most colourful cricketers.

“Easily one of the most colourful cricketers of India – Salim Durani. Rest in Peace. AUM shaanti.”

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The Cricketing Fraternity Paid Tribute To Salim Durani

“Gutted to hear about the passing away of one of Team India’s legends Salim Durani. Today, we have lost one of Indian cricket’s crown jewels. Condolences to his family. RIP Salim Durani ji,” Jay Shah tweeted.

“Salim Durani was a legendary cricketer who will be remembered for generations to come,” former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly tweeted.

“India’s first Arjuna Award-winning cricketer and a man who hit sixes on public demand, Salim Durani. Om Shanti. Heartfelt Condolences to his family, friends and loved ones,” NCA chief VVS Laxman tweeted.

Durani was part of India’s historic series victory during the West Indies tour in 1971. He was instrumental in the win in the second test of the five-match test series, picking the wickets of Clive Lloyd and Garry Sobers in the second innings. He played his last Test match in 1973 against England at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai and scored 73 and 37 but didn’t contribute with the ball.

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