Former India leg-spinner Narendra Hirwani was born on October 18, 1968 in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Hirwani will forever be remembered for picking up 16 wickets in his debut Test in Madras (Now Chennai) against West Indies in 1988. He picked up 8-61 in the first innings and ended the second innings too on a high, finishing with 8-75. He finished the match with figures of 16-136, which is the best match figures on Test debut. That was the high point of his international career. In his next 16 matches, he picked up just 50 more wickets. Hirwani had picked up 6 wickets in the warm-u match ahead of the series against West Indies, which led to his call-up to the national side.
Out of those 16 wickets in his debut Test, Hirwani cherishes the wicket of Vivian Richards the most. He told his roommate Chetan Sharma that he will get Richards bowled and he did that. Despite his downfall, he enjoyed good runs in the domestic circuit. Hirwani also holds the record of bowling most number of overs unchanged. He achieved this feat in The Oval Test against England in 1990 when he bowled from one end without being changed for 59 straight overs.
In a First-Class career that spanned over 2 decades, Hirwani picked up 732 wickets. His international career lasted for 8 years in which he picked up 66 Test wickets and 23 ODI wickets. He then served as a national selector between 2008 to 2012, representing Central Zone.
His son Mihir, who is also a leg-spin bowler too plays for Madhya Pradesh in domestic cricket.