Maninder Singh (cricketer)
|Born||13 June 1965 (age 54)|
|Bowling||Slow left-arm orthodox|
Source: Cricinfo, 4 February 2006
Maninder Singh pronunciation (help·info) (born 13 June 1965, in Pune, India) is a former international cricket player who represented India in 35 Test matches and 59 One Day Internationals. Singh holds the Test record for the most tests in a complete career without aggregating 100 runs. With his slow left-arm orthodox spin, Maninder was considered as an heir to Bishan Singh Bedi, who then held the record as India's leading spinner in terms of wickets. Maninder Singh has the most phenomenal bowling records in international cricket and retired prematurely due to personal reasons.
Maninder Singh began his career playing against Pakistan at Karachi, in December 1982. His last match was against Zimbabwe in May 1993. He was regarded as an heir apparent of the legendary Bishen Singh Bedi, and at the height of his career, he was reputed to possess a huge variety in his arsenal. He is often credited to have bowled an over, in which each of the six balls would be different than the previous one juggling with flight, length and spin. His international career was however cut short due to lot of internal team politics. He took a phenomenal 88 wickets in his test career in just 35 matches, with a best of seven wickets for only 27 runs. He took 66 wickets in One Day Internationals and a best of four wickets for 22 runs.
He is now mostly remembered for his dismissal in the Madras test resulting in a tie against Australia in 1986-87 series.
Though now retired from active cricket, Maninder is still in the scene as a cricket commentator.
On 22 May 2007, Maninder was questioned by police for possession of cocaine and he confessed to using cocaine for himself. It is alleged that they found 1.5 grams of cocaine in his residence in East Delhi, sold to him by a Nigerian national the police had been following.
In the early hours of 8 June 2007 Maninder was admitted to Shanti Mukund hospital in Delhi with injuries to his wrists. His wife has issued a statement saying that it was "purely an accident" however local TV channels have speculated that it could be the result of a fake suicide attempt or even a domestic accident.