Navjot Singh Siddhu – Birthday – Top 3 performances in international cricket

Former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Siddhu had an excellent international career that spanned 16 years from the period of 1983 to 1999. The prolific opener from Punjab played 51 Tests and 136 ODIs and aggregated more than 7500 runs in his international career. The right-hander had both the defensive and attacking game to excel and has played a lot of memorable knocks for the country. As he turns 59 today, let us look at his top three performances from him in international cricket.

114* vs West Indies, Vishakhapatnam

Navjot Singh Siddhu recorded his second-highest ODI score in Vishakhapatnam against West Indies in 1994 with a brilliant unbeaten century. Interestingly, he came into bat at number three and used the opportunity in a fantastic manner. The right-hander hit nine fours and two sixes in his 114 run-knock and the runs came at a fairly good clip. He helped India post a competitive score of 260 in the 44 overs and West Indies ended up short by four runs in the end.

124 vs Sri Lanka, Lucknow

In the home Test series against Sri Lanka, Siddhu played an enthralling innings of 124 against a quality bowling attack that included the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan. The crucial part of the innings was he hit eight sixes in his innings alongside nine fours and took the bowlers by surprise. India posted a big score in the first innings, and eventually went on to win the Test by an innings and 119 runs.

201 vs West Indies, Port of Spain

Navjot Singh Siddhu got to his first double century in international cricket in the 1997 tour of the West Indies against the likes of Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose. Opening the batting, he stitched a big partnership alongside Rahul Dravid and then Sachin Tendulkar and went on to go past the three-figure mark comfortably. He was focused on making it a big innings and continued his exemplary shot-making after that to complete a fine double century. The Test was drawn but still will be remembered for his innings always.