Matches (19)
IND v ENG (1)
NZ v AUS (1)
WCL 2 (1)
Ranji Trophy (4)
BPL 2024 (2)
CWC Play-off (3)
WPL (1)
PSL 2024 (2)
WI 4-Day (4)

Full Name

Salim Aziz Durani

Born

December 11, 1934, Kabul, Afghanistan

Died

April 02, 2023, Jamnagar, Gujarat, (aged 88y 112d)

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Slow Left arm Orthodox

Playing Role

Allrounder

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)

Salim Durani Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Tests29502120210425.041715140
FC170275198545137*33.371445-1444
List A320342117.0000-10

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests294664462657756/7310/17735.422.4785.9231
FC170-28130126304848/99-26.092.6958.1-212
List A3-1265242/232/2313.002.4731.5000
Salim Durani portrait

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Test

Debut/Last Matches of Salim Durani

FC Matches

Span
1953/54 - 1977/78

List A Matches

Span
1973/74 - 1976/77

Recent Matches of Salim Durani

MatchBatBowlDateGroundFormat
Central Zone vs North Zone732/59 & 0/3622-Oct-1976ChandigarhFC
Central Zone vs West Zone11 & 291/39 & 4/6211-Oct-1974NagpurFC
Central Zone vs North Zone18 & 342/26 & 0/1807-Dec-1973BrabourneFC
Central Zone vs South Zone62/4124-Nov-1973ChennaiFC
India vs England73 & 370/2106-Feb-1973BrabourneTest # 711

Photos of Salim Durani

Salim Durani at the Afghanistan's inaugural Test in Bengaluru.
Salim Durani at an event for the launch of a book
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
Salim Durani (L) with his one-time India captain Ajit Wadekar at an event