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Salim Durani: Cricketing legend, actor, Arjuna Awardee, no more

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Jamnagar: Former India allrounder, cricketer Salim Aziz Durani passed away in Jamnagar, Gujarat on Sunday. He was 88.

One of the brilliant left-handed batsmen, Durani had played in 29 Test matches and collected 1,202 runs with an average of 25.04. With his aggressive style of batting, Salim had a unique edge to slam sixes whenever needed and public demanded!

He was a part of India’s successful victory against England in 1961-62. He stood out from the rest as he picked up eight wickets against the English.

Born on a train to Kabul in 1934, Durani’s career lasted for more than 10 years. He is India’s first Arjuna Award winning cricketer. Apart from cricket, he is also best remembered for his brief-but-memorable stint in Bollywood.

He acted in ‘Ek Masoom’ (1969) and shared screenspace with Parveen Babi in ‘Charitra’ (1973), thanks to his great looks and that swag!

In a series of tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep grief over the demise of Salim Durani. He said that “Salim Durani was a cricketing legend and an institution in himself. He made a key contribution to India‚Äôs rise in the world of cricket.”

“On and off the field, he was known for his style.” The Prime Minister said, “Cricketer Durani had a very old and strong association with Gujarat. He played for Saurashtra and Gujarat for a few years.”

PM Modi also said that he had the opportunity to interact with him and was deeply impressed by his multifaceted persona.

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