Navjot Sidhu

India|Opening Batter
Navjot Sidhu
INTL CAREER: 1983 - 1999
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Full Name

Navjot Singh Sidhu


October 20, 1963, Patiala, Punjab


59y 101d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Medium

Playing Role

Opening Batter



Navjot Singh Sidhu's cricket had a volatile 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 themselves 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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Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
List A20519119718613941.771055310
List A2051080---4.80-000
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Navjot Singh Sidhu addresses the media in animated fashion
Kapil Dev, Amitabh Bachchan and Navjot Sidhu at a function in Mumbai
Navjot Sidhu and Isa Guha on the set of the IPL Extraa Innings show
The presenters of the IPL TV show Extraa Innings
A man watches the IPL auction on a bank of television sets
Former Indian cricketer and current member of parliament Navjot Sidhu addresses the press