Former Indian all-rounder Salim Durrani passed away. He was 88 years old. The actor, who fell and fractured his femur in January, underwent surgery and was undergoing treatment at his brother’s house. The actor was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. Durrani is the only Afghan-born cricketer to play for India.
Durrani, who played 29 Tests for India, was noted for his attacking batting. Durrani was instrumental in India’s historic Test series victory over England in 1961-62. Durrani took eight wickets each in the two matches played in Calcutta and Madras. He scored a total of 1202 runs in his Test career with one century and seven fifties. He has also acted in Bollywood movies. India honored him with the Arjuna Award for his contribution to cricket. Salim Durrani is the first cricketer to receive the Arjuna Award. He also received the CK Naidu Award in 2011.
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