Amritsar Govindsingh Milkha Singh
December 31, 1941, Madras (now Chennai)
November 10, 2017, Chennai, (aged 75y 314d)
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Right arm medium
Another of the cricketers who never quite got their due, Milkha Singh was a dashing left-hand batsman and a fine fielder. An outstanding schoolboy cricketer, Milkha made his Ranji Trophy debut at 17 and played his first Test when just after his 18th birthday. But his four Tests were played in a period of less than two years and his career was over before he was 20. Though he continued to be a prolific and stylish run getter in first-class cricket in the early and mid sixties, he was surprisingly not considered again.
Milkha was a mainstay of the Madras (later Tamil Nadu) batting for a decade. In the Ranji Trophy alone he scored 2150 runs (41.35). He scored the first century in the Duleep Trophy championship hitting 151 for South Zone against North Zone in the inaugural match at Madras in 1961-62. He and his elder brother Kripal Singh appeared together against England at Bombay in 1961-62. In a decade long first-class career, Milkha scored 4324 runs (35.44) with eight centuries.
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