Full Name

Salim Aziz Durani


December 11, 1934, Kabul, Afghanistan


88y 104d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Slow Left arm Orthodox

Playing Role


An unpredictable genius, Salim Durrani was on his day a match winner either with the bat or the ball. He was one of the few cricketers who could turn the course of a match either by a few lusty blows or by a couple of wickets in one over. To the stodgy, fairly predictable image of the Indian cricketer, Durrani by his dash and vigorous play, injected an element of excitement into the game. An aggressive left handed batsman, who could demolish the best of bowlers and who acquired the reputation of hitting sixes on demand, Durrani in full flow was a joy to watch. But it was as a bowler that he first made his mark in Indian cricket. He ambled in to bowl with a lazy action but the best of his deliveries beggared description. For Durrani, having delivered the ball from his great height could make the ball lift and turn.

Durrani bowled India to victory over England in 1961-62, successively picking up eight and ten wickets in the country's triumphs at Calcutta and Madras. Almost ten years later he helped shaped another notable victory - this time over West Indies at Port of Spain - by dismissing Clive Lloyd and Gary Sobers, the latter for a duck. His only century in Tests was against West Indies in 1962. Durrani had a special rapport with the spectators, who once agitated, when he was inexplicably dropped for the Kanpur Test in 1973, with placards and slogans like ``No Durrani, no Test''. A tall, handsome figure, Durrani had movie star looks and in fact appeared in a film with Parveen Babi in the early 70s.(Partab Ramchand)

Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
List A320342117.0000-10
List A3-1265242/232/2313.002.4731.5000
Salim Durani portrait
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Debut/Last Matches - Player
FC Matches
1953/54 - 1977/78
List A Matches
1973/74 - 1976/77
Salim Durani at the Afghanistan's inaugural Test in Bengaluru.
Salim Durani receives the BCCI's lifetime achievement award
Salim Durani addresses the gathering at the BCCI awards
Bishan Bedi and Salim Durani at Hanumant Singh's funeral in Mumbai
Tony Greig leaps in delight as he bowls Salim Durani for 4
Salim Durani