Indian cricket great Salim Durani dies at 88 | Cricket News – Times of India


Former India cricketer Salim Durani, who played a key role in beating England in the Test series in 1961-62, died on Sunday at the age of 88.
He was living with his brother, Jahangir Durani, in Gujarat‘s Jamnagar and had undergone a surgery for thigh bone fracture in January this year.
The Kabul-born Durani, who packed a punch with his bat and was also a handy left-arm orthodox bowler, played 29 Tests.
In the five-Test series against England in 1961-62, India beat the visitors 2-0, and it was Durani who starred with the ball, taking 18 wickets in India’s two victories in Calcutta and Madras.
One of Durani’s last interviews, during Covid three years ago:

A decade after the epic triumph against England, he played a key role in helping India to victory against the West Indies in Port of Spain, dismissing both Clive Lloyd and Sir Garfield Sobers.
Durani, known for his fine dressing style and swagger, scored just one century, though he had seven fifties in the 50 innings he played for the country, scoring 1,202 runs.
He also starred in the Bollywood film ‘Charitra’ in 1973, opposite famous actress of the ’70s and ’80s, Praveen Babi.
(With agency inputs)

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