Former India cricketer Salim Durani breathed his last Sunday morning at his Jamnagar. Check out his cause of death and net worth here.
Salim Durani : Died | Cause of death | Net worth
Durani was the hero of India’s series victory against England in 1961–62.
He took 8 and 10 wickets in their wins at Kolkata and Chennai, respectively.
Also, a decade later, he would be instrumental in India’s maiden victory against the West Indies at Port of Spain, taking the wickets of Clive Lloyd and Gary Sobers.
In his 50 Test innings, he made just the one century, 104 against the West Indies in 1962. He played for Gujarat, Rajasthan and Saurashtra in first-class cricket.
Salim Durani Died
Salim Durani, one of the finest all-rounders that have played for India, passed away at his home here after a prolonged battle with cancer, on Sunday. He was 88, according to a family source.
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Durani had Pashtun origins and was known for his batting and bowling prowess that left the spectators thrilled.
“He will always be remembered for hitting sixes when spectators demanded. Hitting sixes during that period was rare,” remembered a family friend in Mumbai.
A slow left-arm orthodox bowler and left-handed batsman, Durani was the hero of India’s series victory against England in 1961-62, claiming 8 and 10 wickets in India’s wins in the Calcutta and Madras Tests, respectively.
He also played a key role in India’s maiden Test win against the West Indies in 1972, taking the wicket of key batters Clive Llyod and Gary Sobers.
He is the first cricketer to receive the prestigious Arjuna Award and was awarded the C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award by the BCCI in 2011.
In 29 Tests, Durani scored 1202 runs at an average of 25.04 hitting one century and seven half-centuries.
In his 50 innings, Durani scalped 74 victims at an average of 35.42, claiming 5 wickets in an innings on five occasions and 10 wickets in a match once. He had a best haul of 6/73 in an innings.
Salim Durani cause of death
Former India all-rounder Salim Durani has died at the age of 88.
Durani, who was living in Jamnagar, Gujarat, had undergone a proximal femoral nail surgery after he broke his thigh bone in a fall in January this year.
The cricket player had recently been fighting cancer.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led heartfelt tributes for Durani. “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,” PM Modi wrote.
Former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri expressed his grief in a tweet, “Easily one of the most colourful cricketers of India – Salim Durani. Rest in Peace. Aum shaanti.”
He was best remembered for the magical spell that helped India to their first Test win in the West Indies in 1971, which is also remembered for Sunil Gavaskar’s Test debut.
He was also known for his penchant of hitting sixes at will and even on demand.
Durani, a brilliant cricket player from Kabul, was also a skilled left-arm orthodox bowler and a batsman with extraordinary strength.
In the five-match Test series of 1961–1962, he played a crucial part in India’s historic 2-0 victory over England. He represented India in 29 Test matches.
According to our sources, Salim Durani had an estimated net worth of about $10 Million at the time of his death.