Full name Narendra Deepchand Hirwani
Born October 18, 1968, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
Current age 46 years 288 days
Major teams India, Air India, Bengal, Madhya Pradesh
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
|Test debut||India v West Indies at Chennai, Jan 11-15, 1988 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v South Africa at Kolkata, Nov 27-Dec 1, 1996 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v West Indies at Gwalior, Jan 22, 1988 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v India at Melbourne, Jan 18, 1992 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Madhya Pradesh v Jammu & Kashmir at Indore, Dec 26-29, 2005 scorecard|
|List A span||1986/87 - 2000/01|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2/63, 1*||India Snrs||v Pakistan Snr||Delhi||27 Feb 2007||Other|
|3/68||India Snrs||v Pakistan Snr||Kozhikode||25 Feb 2007||Other|
|4, 2/32||India Snrs||v Pakistan Snr||Udaipur||23 Feb 2007||Other|
|3/65, 6, 0/29||M. Pradesh||v J + K||Indore||26 Dec 2005||FC|
|0, 0/61||M. Pradesh||v Kerala||Indore||17 Dec 2005||FC|
|0, 3/100||M. Pradesh||v Assam||Indore||1 Dec 2005||FC|
|0, 4/60, 0/23||M. Pradesh||v Rajasthan||Indore||23 Nov 2005||FC|
Narendra Hirwani started as a legspinner in Test cricket before Shane Warne made leg-spin fashionable again. His Test career started with an almighty bang when, as a
bespectacled 19-year-old, he took 16 wickets on his debut, against West Indies at Madras in 1987-88. "He was aided, it must be stressed, by a deplorably under-prepared pitch," said Wisden's correspondent, Dicky Rutnagur. And though Hirwani took 20 further wickets in his next three Test appearances, his fortunes changed when he left the spin-friendly surfaces of India. The magic never quite returned, and the arrival of Anil Kumble sentenced him largely to domestic cricket. However, he was a stalwart on the domestic circuit, finishing with 723 wickets from 167 matches, over 400 of which came for his home state of Madhya Pradesh. In the 1996-97 season he played for Bengal, taking 29 wickets at 23.13. He retired in 2006, ending a 23-year first-class career, and was appointed to the national selection panel in 2008.
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