The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed deep grief over the demise of former Indian Cricketer, Salim Durani.
In a tweet thread, the Prime Minister said;
“Salim Durani Ji was a cricketing legend, an institution in himself. He made a key contribution to India’s rise in the world of cricket. On and off the field, he was known for his style. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family and friends. May his soul rest in peace.”
“Salim Durani Ji had a very old and strong association with Gujarat. He played for Saurashtra and Gujarat for a few years. He also made Gujarat his home. I have had the opportunity to interact with him and was deeply impressed by his multifaceted persona. He will surely be missed.”
- Born in Kabul in Afghanistan in 1934, the flamboyant all-rounder played 29 Tests for India scoring 1202 runs and taking 75 wickets
- He was a left-handed batter and a left-arm spinner.
- His career spanned from 1960 to 1973.
- He was best remembered for his stellar performance that helped India to their first Test win in the West Indies in 1971. In the second innings of the test match Durani conceded just 21 runs in the 17 overs he bowled.
- He scored one Test century, against West Indies in Port of Spain in 1962 and seven fifties.