Full name Amritsar Govindsingh Milkha Singh
Born December 31, 1941, Madras (now Chennai)
Current age 73 years 247 days
Major teams India, Madras
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||India v Australia at Chennai, Jan 13-17, 1960 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v England at Mumbai (BS), Nov 11-16, 1961 scorecard|
|First-class span||1958/59 - 1968/69|
Another of the cricketers who never quite got their due, Milkha Singh was a dashing left-hand batsman and a fine fielder. An outstanding schoolboy cricketer, Milkha made his Ranji Trophy debut at 17 and played his first Test when just after his 18th birthday. But his four Tests were played in a period of less than two years and his career was over before he was 20. Though he continued to be a prolific and stylish run getter in first-class cricket in the early and mid sixties, he was surprisingly not considered again.
Milkha was a mainstay of the Madras (later Tamil Nadu) batting for a decade. In the Ranji Trophy alone he scored 2150 runs (41.35). He scored the first century in the Duleep Trophy championship hitting 151 for South Zone against North Zone in the inaugural match at Madras in 1961-62. He and his elder brother Kripal Singh appeared together against England at Bombay in 1961-62. In a decade long first-class career, Milkha scored 4324 runs (35.44) with eight centuries.
Stats highlights from the third Test between Sri Lanka and India at the SSC where India completed a rare away series win
For the fifth time in the last year and a half, India had their opponents five down for less than 100 only to let the lower order off the hook
Cheteshwar Pujara's century was proof that at times in Test match play, survival need not mean mere tentativeness but the ability to wait for simpler things, like the loose ball
If other men were witness to as much incompetence as Angelo Mathews has become used to, dressing rooms might have been set ablaze