I really did not want to put Hirwani here: he did play his part, you know… He wasn’t a Kumble for sure, and was unfortunate that his career coincided with that of Kumble, who of course is a modern-day (and all-time) great! In a way, his career was the tweet equivalent of Stuart McGill’s.
And let’s see, didn’t one of the highest wicket-takers of all time at the Ranjis, play his part? The foot-soldier has a place, or at least should have a place in cricket memory, if not in the pantheon. And well, there were a few certain memories. Mark Boucher (or maybe Dave Richardson) beaten and bowled off a frantic googly during Hirwani’s comeback in the mid-’90’s… the true-blue bunny batsmanship. Mile sur mera tumhara. And well, a personal memory – I saw him play at the Burnpur cricket stadium in Asansol (Central Zone vs West Zone, Irani trophy if I remember correctly), a long time ago… he was possibly the highest-profile player in the first first-class match I saw live. And of course, he’s a selector now.
We all know about his first test match. There was more.