Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 1980
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Syed Kirmani is a former wicket keeper batsman of Indian cricket team. He was born on December 29, 1949 in Madras or present-day Chennai in Tamil Nadu. Regarded as India's finest wicketkeeper till date, he started off as an understudy to Farokh Engineer during India's tours to England in 1971 and 1974 and in the 1975 Cricket World cup. He made his debut against New Zealand in 1976 and in his second Test, he shot into the limelight when he equaled the world record of six victims in an innings. During late 1970’s too, he was known as a good batsman than a wicket keeper and his records were not encouraging. Subsequently he was dropped in favour of Bharath Reddy for the 1979 Cricket World Cup. He lost next test series against England too.
He returned back to the team in 1979 where he scored a century as a night watchman against Australia. He had 17 catches and two stumpings against Pakistan in the same season equaling Indian record. Against England in 1981–82, he scored 1964 runs thus becoming a permanent member of the team. His achievements in the historic win of Kapil Dev’s World Cup placed him as the greatest wicketkeeper India ever had. He retired from International cricket after a leg injury in 1987 World cup. Later he played for Railways in domestic cricket for a season and for his state Karnataka. He has also appeared in the movie, Kabhi Ajnabhi The. In 1980-1981, he received the Arjuna Award for his performance.