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Full name Amritsar Govindsingh Milkha Singh
Born December 31, 1941, Madras (now Chennai)
Current age 72 years 244 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|
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.
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?