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Indian Former Cricket Star Navjot Sidhu

by on November 25, 2012
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Indian Former Cricket Star Navjot Sidhu

Navjot Sidhu, a former superstar of the Indian cricket team, was born in Patiala, on October 20, 1963. In  1983, he played his first ever Test match, at Ahmadabad, against the West Indies, but didn’t show a good performance.  However, he was chosen to play for India, in 1987, for the World Cup Cricket. He scored 73 runs in One Day International, in a trailing endeavour against Australia. In the 1987 World Cup matches, Sidhu made a score of 50 runs in four out of the total of five. He made his first century in One Day International, in 1989, in Sharjah against Pakistan. In 1993, in Gwalior, Sidhu made his highest score in ODI against England, by scoring 134 runs. These innings and score were declared by him, as his best, on his retirement, in 1999. In 136 ODI matches, Sidhu scored 4413 at an average of 37.08 including 6 centuries and 33 fifties. In test format, Sidhu played 51 matches and was able to score 3020 runs at an average of 42.13. His test runs include 9 hundreds and 15 fifties.

From 1993-1994 and then again in 1997, Sidhu made a score of more than 500 runs in Test matches. He made double century in a Test match, in 1997, during the tour of India’s cricket team to West Indies. He made 884 runs in ODI, in 1994. Sidhu has the credit of being the first batsman of the Indian Cricket Team, making history in ODI, having scored above 5 centuries. In 1996-97, he scored 201 against West Indies, in Test matches. In 1993-94, he hit eight sixes in a total of 124 runs against Sri Lanka. In 1997-98, he cracked four fifties against Australia, in five innings. Sidhu has to his recognition 27 centuries and above 7,000 runs at international level.

Sidhu in addition to his game, is known to be the most entertaining commentator on both Urdu and English platforms. The poetic expressions on cricket created by Sidhu amuse everyone. He is loud and cheerful and any day a choice for people who are fond of fun commentating.

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