|Full name||Salim Aziz Durani|
11 December 1934 |
|Bowling||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|Relations||Abdul Aziz (father)|
|Test debut (cap 95)||1 December 1960 v Australia|
|Last Test||6 February 1973 v England|
|Domestic team information|
|1953||Saurashtra cricket team|
|1954–1956||Gujarat cricket team|
|1956–1978||Rajasthan cricket team|
Source: CricketArchive, 12 June 2013
Salim Aziz Durani pronunciation (help·info) (born 11 December 1934) is a former Indian cricketer who played in 29 Tests from 1960 to 1973. An all-rounder, Durani was a slow left-arm orthodox bowler and a left-handed batsman famous for his six-hitting prowess. He is the only Indian Test cricketer to have been born in Afghanistan.
Durani was the hero of India's series victory against England in 1961–62. He took 8 and 10 wickets in their wins at Kolkata and Chennai, respectively. Also, a decade later, he would be instrumental in India's victory against the West Indies at Port of Spain, taking the wickets of Clive Lloyd and Gary Sobers.
In his 50 Test innings, he made just the one century, 104 against the West Indies in 1962. He played for Gujarat, Rajasthan and Saurashtra in first-class cricket. He made 14 hundreds in first-class cricket in which he managed 8545 runs at 33.37. He has the distinction of being the only cricketer that would respond to a demand from the crowd to hit a six. The crowd would cheer, "We want a sixer!" and Durani would hit one. Durani had a special rapport with the spectators, who once agitated when he was inexplicably dropped from the team for the Kanpur Test in 1973, with placards and slogans such as, "No Durani, no test!". As he was afgan born Indian test cricketer he was also the part of historic test India VS Afghanistan on June-14-2018 He appeared in the film Charitra with Parveen Babi in 1973. He was the first cricketer to win an Arjuna Award. He was awarded the C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award by the BCCI in 2011.
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