Full name Navjot Singh Sidhu
Born October 20, 1963, Patiala, Punjab
Current age 53 years 157 days
Major teams India, Punjab
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||India v West Indies at Ahmedabad, Nov 12-16, 1983 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v India at Hamilton, Jan 2-6, 1999 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v Australia at Chennai, Oct 9, 1987 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Pakistan at Toronto, Sep 20, 1998 scorecard|
|First-class span||1981/82 - 1999/00|
|List A span||1983/84 - 1999/00|
Navjot Singh Sidhu's cricket had a schizophrenic touch to it. A dour batsman capable of dogged defence, he could also be a marauding strokeplayer who loved tearing spinners apart. Dubbed a strokeless wonder at the start of his Test career in 1983-84, he returned with a vengeance in the 1987 World Cup, where he began with four fifties in a row, hitting over the top merrily. Eventually, in a career spanning 51 Tests and 136 one-day internationals, both sides of his personality played themeselves out. Sidhu's finest moment in Tests was his 201 against West Indies in 1996-97, an act of supreme endurance lasting 11 hours. And his ruthlessness against spinners was legion. He cracked eight sixes in 124 against Sri Lanka - Muralitharan and all - in 1993-94, and hammered four fifties in five innings against the Australians in 1997-98, singling out Shane Warne for a personalised spanking. In his second career as a commentator, though, only the ebullience was in evidence, as Sidhu began mauling the spoken word with a unique, entertaining concoction of mixed metaphors and garbled clichés.
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This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?
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