Narendra Hirwani

Country: India
Born: October 18, 1968, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak Googly
Playing role: Bowler

Narendra Hirwani Bio

Narendra Deepchand Hirwani, popularly known as Narendra Hirwani, is a former Indian cricketer who gained fame as a legspinner in Test cricket. Born on June 18, 1968, in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India, Hirwani displayed immense talent and skill in the art of spin bowling from an early age. His dedication and prowess on the field earned him a prominent place in Indian cricket history.

Hirwani made his Test debut at the tender age of 19 during the 1987-88 series against West Indies at Madras. In a remarkable display of talent, he took the cricketing world by storm by claiming a staggering 16 wickets in his debut match. This incredible feat made him an instant sensation and brought him into the limelight. However, some critics alleged that the pitch heavily favored the spinners, contributing to his remarkable performance. Despite this, there was no denying the raw talent that Hirwani possessed.

Following his successful debut, Hirwani went on to snatch an additional 20 wickets in his next three Test matches, solidifying his position in the Indian cricket team. However, as he ventured beyond the spin-friendly home surfaces of India, his fortunes took a downturn. The magic he had displayed early on in his career failed to make a consistent reappearance, and competition from fellow leg spinner Anil Kumble posed a challenge for Hirwani’s place in the national team.

Though his international career did not pan out as expected, Hirwani remained an integral figure in domestic cricket. Representing his home state, Madhya Pradesh, he rendered outstanding service, amassing an impressive total of 723 wickets in 167 matches. Over 400 of those wickets were claimed for Madhya Pradesh, solidifying his position as one of their finest cricketers. In the 1996-97 season, he made a temporary move to Bengal, where he continued to excel, capturing 29 wickets at a remarkable average of 23.13.

After enjoying a fruitful 23-year-long first-class career, Hirwani bid farewell to the game in 2006. Recognizing his immense knowledge and experience in the sport, he was appointed to the national selection panel in 2008. This appointment allowed him to continue contributing to Indian cricket by identifying and nurturing young talent.

Hirwani’s contributions to the game extend beyond his individual achievements. His spellbinding ability to mesmerize batsmen with his leg spin served as an inspiration for many aspiring spin bowlers in India. He played a key role in reviving the interest in leg spin bowling, paving the way for future stars in a domain largely dominated by seam and finger spinners.

Although Hirwani’s international career may not have reached the heights predicted after his remarkable debut, his legacy as a talented and influential cricketer remains intact. His dedication, perseverance, and remarkable achievements continue to inspire young cricketers throughout India. Narendra Hirwani’s name will forever be etched in the annals of Indian cricket as a great spin bowler and a symbol of hope for aspiring cricketers.

Narendra Hirwani Career Stats

Narendra Hirwani Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 17 22 12 54 17 5.4 - - 0 0 6 0 5 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 18 7 3 8 4 2 29 27.58 0 0 0 0 2 0
FC 167 189 75 1179 59 10.34 - - 0 1 - - 49 0
List A 70 33 17 121 25 7.56 - - 0 0 - - 14 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Narendra Hirwani Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 17 28 4298 1987 66 8/61 16/136 30.1 2.77 65.1 2 4 1
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 18 18 960 719 23 4/43 4/43 31.26 4.49 41.7 3 0 0
FC 167 - 42890 19801 732 8/52 - 27.05 2.77 58.5 - 54 10
List A 70 - 3561 2561 75 4/42 4/42 34.14 4.31 47.4 4 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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