Full name Devi Chand Worrel
Born July 15, 1941, Patiala, Punjab
Died August 19, 2008, Chandigarh, Punjab (aged 67 years 35 days)
Major teams Maharaja of Patiala's XI, Southern Punjab
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|First-class span||1955/56 - 1965/66|
Devi Worrel was an opening swing bowler who played for Southern Punjab in the early to mid 1960s. In seven matches - six for them and one, his debut, for the Maharajah of Patialia's XI - he took only 11 wickets, of which six came in one innings when he took 6 for 17 against Jammu and Kashmir in 1963-64. He went on to coach school and college teams in Chandigarh. In later years he suffered from diabetes and heart problems, and in 2006 he had to have a foot amputated. At the time of his death he was almost penniless. "When I look back today, I feel I would have been better off as a labourer since the game gave me nothing," he said in 2005.
What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?