If you think that Danish Kaneria was the first Hindu cricketer to have played for Pakistan Cricket Team, it is time to get your knowledge brushed. The first Hindu to have represented Pakistan debuted 17 years before Danish Kaneria made his debut. His name is Anil Dalpat. He also happens to be Kaneria’s first cousin in relation. He was born on September 20, 1963 in Karachi.
Anil Dalpat was one of several wicket-keepers who was given a chance after the retirement of Wasim Bari. Dalpat made his debut against England at Karachi in 1983-84 series. His wicket-keeping skills could be judged by the fact that he made 25 dismissals in the nine test matches he kept in. He also got the chance to keep wickets when the legendary Pakistani leg-spinner Abdul Qadir played. As a batsman his highest score came against New Zealand in Karachi in 1984-85.
Anil Dalpat also holds the record of most dismissal (67) by a wicket-keeper in a single year (1983-84) in Pakistani domestic cricket. The record has not been touched by anyone till now.
Many years after his retirement, Dalpat had blamed Pakistan’s only world cup winning captain Imran Khan for destroying his career. He said, “I was made a scapegoat because of a tussle between Imran and the Mohammad brothers, and had I been given a fair chance I would have played more.”