Danish Prabha Shanker Kaneria: The Second Hindu Cricketer of Pakistan

Danish Prabha Shanker Kaneria (born on the day of 16 December 1980) is an eminent ex-Pakistani cricketer who played the series of Test and ODI (One Day International) for the national side of Pakistani team between the time period of 2000 and 2010. A right-arm leg spinner famous for his well-disguised googly. Danish is believed to be the 4th on the list of bowlers with most Test wickets for the state of Pakistan, behind merely fast bowlers Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan. Danish Kaneria is considered to be the 2nd Hindu and 7th non-Muslim overall to represent the state of Pakistan in global cricket after Anil Dalpat.

Danish Prabha Shanker Kaneria has played approximately 61 Test matches for the state of Pakistan, and took 261 wickets at an average of 34.79. Danish also represented the Pakistani team merely in 18 ODIs taking 15 wickets with an average over 45. In the series of Test cricket, Danish Kaneria’s best bowling performance in the cricket innings was 7 wickets for 77 runs whereas his best performance in a match was 12 wickets for 94 runs, both against the team of Bangladesh. Danish also took 15 five-wicket hauls in the series of Test cricket, and acquired seven and six wickets in an innings on 4 and 3 different occasions respectively. He took 10 wickets or more in a match on two different occasions, once against the team of Bangladesh and team of Sri Lanka each. During the match of T20 cricket, his best bowling came against the team of New Zealand in the team of Sri Lanka in the year of 2003 taking three wickets for 31 runs. Danish Kaneria never played the series of Twenty20 International matches (T20I) for the state of Pakistan. He played 206 first-class matches, 167 List A (LA) and 65 Twenty20 matches during his career. Danish Prabha Shanker Kaneria also played in English county cricket during the years of 2004 and 2010 representing Essex County Cricket Club.

After the alleged blames of being engaged in spot fixing, Danish Kaneria was given a lifetime ban by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), stopping and banning him from playing in matches under their jurisdiction. Danish subsequently filed an appeal against the ban, but this was rejected in the month of July 2013.

 

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