AG Milka played four Tests for India. © BCCI

AG Milkha Singh played four Tests for India. © BCCI

AG Milkha Singh, the former India cricketer, passed away at the age of 75 due to a cardiac arrest on Friday (November 10).

Milkha, who played four Tests for India, was better known for his success with the Madras (now Tamil Nadu) team. An aggressive left-hander, Milkha scored 4324 runs from 88 first-class matches in a ten-year career that began in 1958-59. It included eight centuries and 27 half-centuries.

Milkha made his Test debut at the age of 18 against the visiting Australians in Chennai but quite surprisingly, managed only four Tests for a cumulative 92 runs. He, however, continued to be prolific in the domestic circuit where he made history scoring the first century in the Duleep Trophy when he hit 151 for South Zone against North Zone in the first match of the tournament in 1961-62.

Milkha belonged to a family of cricketers. AG Ram Singh, Milkha’s father, played 56 first-class matches for Madras. Milkha’s brothers — the late AG Kripal Singh (14 Tests, 96 first-class matches) and AG Satwender Singh (60 first-class matches) — were also professional cricketers.