Salim Durani, one of India’s best all-rounders, is celebrating his 86th birthday on 11 December 2020 today. Born in Kabul in the year 1934, Salim played cricket for India and also worked in films.
Salim is counted among such cricketers, who could show off both with the ball and bat. Salim, a left-handed middle-order batsman and spinner, played 29 Test matches in his career. He was capable of playing the best batsmen of his day.
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His most important thing was that he used to shoot at the behest of the audience, that is, six or four could put on the voice of the audience. Durani later also worked with Parveen Bobby in the film ‘Charitra’, which was released in the year 1973. This had greatly increased his popularity.
Salim Durani was the first cricketer to be awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award. He played a key role in India’s memorable win over the West Indies in Trinidad in 1970–71, when he was dismissed by Clive Lloyd and Gary Sobers (0) in the second innings. In 2011, he was awarded the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award by the BCCI.
Salim has a total of 1202 runs in 50 innings of 29 Test matches, including 1 century and 7 half-centuries. He also took 75 wickets. Salim also played 170 first class cricket matches and scored a total of 8545 runs, also taking 484 wickets.