New Delhi: April 2nd was a shocking day for the Indian cricket team as the IPL buzz started around the world. Former Team India legend Salim Durrani passed away on Sunday morning. 88-year-old Durrani’s battle with cancer is finally over. He breathed his last in Jamnagar, Gujarat, aged 88 and battling cancer. Salim Durrani was born in Afghanistan and played cricket for India for many years. With this, Durrani became the first Indian cricketer to be honored with the Arjuna Award. Born in Kabul, Salim Durrani made his Test debut for India against Australia on 1 January 1960 at the Brabourne Stadium. Durrani has played cricket for India for almost 13 years. Meanwhile, he has scored 1202 runs at an average of 25.04 in 29 Test matches, in which he has scored 1 century and 7 fifties with the bat. He was a batsman who used to hit sixes on the demand of the fans.
Not only this, Salim has also earned a name in bowling. Durrani, who is a left-arm spinner, has also taken 75 wickets in his international career. Salim Durrani has only represented India in Test cricket. He played his last Test on 6 February 1973 against England at the Brabourne Stadium.
Also worked in Bollywood
Salim Durrani was also known for his stunning looks. He has also worked in Bollywood films. In 1973, Salim acted in a film called Charitra. In that film, Durrani worked with the then star actress Parveen Babi. Apart from this, Salim has also been honored with CK Naidu Lifetime Achievement Award by BCCI in 2011.