Kanwaljit Singh (cricketer)

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Kanwaljit Singh
Personal information
Born (1958-04-15) 15 April 1958 (age 62)
Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
BowlingRight-arm off break
Domestic team information
1986/87Tamil Nadu
Career statistics
Competition FC List A
Matches 111 20
Runs scored 668 32
Batting average 10.12 6.40
100s/50s 0/1 0/0
Top score 50 14
Balls bowled 25,110 1,026
Wickets 369 24
Bowling average 28.24 27.95
5 wickets in innings 21 0
10 wickets in match 4 n/a
Best bowling 8/86 4/29
Catches/stumpings 49/– 2/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 31 December 2015

Kanwaljit Singh (born 15 April 1958) is a former Indian first-class cricketer who played for Hyderabad and Tamil Nadu. He is one of the two players to have appeared in 100 matches for Hyderabad.[1] After retirement he took up cricket coaching.


Although Kanwaljit made his first-class debut for Hyderabad in December 1980 during the 1980–81 Ranji Trophy, he could not cement his place for many years due to the presence of senior spinners Shivlal Yadav and Arshad Ayub in the team.[2] It was not until the 1994–95 season that he came to the limelight when he appeared for South Zone, India A and Board President's XI, and took 47 first-class wickets at an average of 21.31. In the 1998–99 season, he had to his name 51 wickets at an average of 23.58.[3] He was one of the five cricketers to be named as Indian Cricketer of the Year in 1998.[4] In the 1999–00 Ranji Trophy season, Kanwaljit, at the age of 42, took 62 wickets, the joint-second most wickets in a Ranji season, after Bishan Bedi's 64 wickets in 1974–75.[5] He made his final first-class appearance in 2001 in which he took nine wickets. He announced his retirement after he was dropped from the team.[6]

After retirement, Kanwaljit became a cricket coach. He worked as the bowling coach of Hyderabad and was signed up as the assistant coach of the Deccan Chargers in 2008.[7] He worked as the Hyderabad Under-19 coach, before resigning from the position in 2010.[8] He was the director of Hyderabad Cricket Academy but was suspended by the Hyderabad Cricket Association in 2014 for allegedly assaulting the brother of the then BCCI vice-president Shivlal Yadav.[9]

In August 2018, he was appointed as the coach of Nagaland cricket team.[10]


  1. ^ "Most Appearances for Hyderabad". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  2. ^ Ramnarayan, V. "Square pegs in round holes on cricket stage". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  3. ^ "First-class bowling in each season by Kanwaljit Singh". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Indian Cricket Cricketers of the Year". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Most Wickets in a Season in Ranji Trophy". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  6. ^ Veera, Sriram. "One that drifted away". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  7. ^ Shankar, Ajay S. "Bangalore line up Martin Crowe". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Hyderabad coaches resign, four senior players dropped". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  9. ^ "HCA suspends Kanwaljit Singh". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  10. ^ "BCCI eases entry for new domestic teams as logistical challenges emerge". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 August 2018.

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