Dilawar Hussain

Dilawar Hussain

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Dilawar Hussain ( born March 19, 1907, Lahore - died on August 26, 1967, Lahore) was an early Indian Test cricketer.

Dilawar kept wickets for India in three Test matches. On his debut, Dilawar was made to open the innings against England on a green wicket in Calcutta in 1933/34. He was hit on the head by Morris Nichols and retired. He returned with a bandage over his head, was hit on the thumb by Nobby Clark, but top scored with 59. He made 57 in the second innings and is one of the few cricketers to top score in both innings on debut. He had started his first class career making 64 and 112 in his very first match. His last appearance came about in the 1936 Indian tour of England; Dilawar was in Cambridge at the time and joined the team in England.

Cota Ramaswami has painted an exquisite picture of Dilawar -

He was a tall and bulky person with a prominent stomach and invariably played with a clean shaven head without any hat or cap or any kind of head gear. He always wore very loose pants and after batting for a while or keeping wicket for sometime his shirt will be hanging out of the trousers and somebody must tuck it in, now and then. He had a rather ugly and uncouth stance at the wicket as he held his bat very low and bent his body forward so much that his head was practically in line with the top of the wickets. Those who watched him from the on side could only see his prominent hind portion of the body sticking up while the head, bat and the rest of Dilawar Hussain were...... ...
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