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A right arm offbreak bowler, he made his Test debut in 1979 during a rebuilding stage in Indian cricket with their spin quartet breaking up. His debut series, against Australia, was a success with 24 wickets in the five Tests and he did enough to force Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan out of the side. He played regularly for India until 1987, forming a new spin trio with Shastri and Doshi.
He made an impressive start by taking 7 wickets on his debut Test against Australia at Bangalore in 1979. He played a key role in India's win against Australia in the very next Test match he played. He got rid of three batsmen – Allan Border, Dav Whatmore and Kevin Wright in quick succession in the fourth innings ensuring a comfortable win for India. Australia required 279 runs to win but ended up being all out for just 125. He ended up with 4 wickets in that innings and 6 wickets in that Test.
He lost his place in the side briefly in a period in the early 1980s but returned successfully against the touring West Indian side in 1983–84 where he took 5 wickets for 131 runs in the first innings of the 4th Test at Bombay.
Against Australia in 1985–86 he picked up 15 wickets in the 3 Test series. This haul included career best match figures of 8/118 in the Test at Sydney. His best innings figures came against Sri Lanka at Nagpur with 5/76. He brought up his 100th Test wicket in his penultimate Test, against Pakistan.
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