Kiran More Biography
Kiran More is a former Indian wicketkeeper who has served the Indian cricket team dedicatedly from 1984 to 1993. His full name is Kiran Shankar More and he was born on 4th September, 1962 in Baroda, Gujarat, India. Pursuing his interests for the sport, Kiran has come a long way in Indian cricket.
Even after retirement, Kiran More has served cricket by starting the Kiran More-Alembic cricket academy in 1997 and then moving on to become Chairman of selectors for the Indian team from 2002-2006. The major teams that Kiran More has represented are India and Baroda.
Kiran More was a chirpy yet effective wicket-keeper batsman for his team, and a player who harbored a fierce competitive streak. Kiran More began his cricketing career playing several matches representing the India Under-19 team, Tata Sports Club in the Times Shield, Burrow in the North Lancashire League, and moving on to play thrilling first-class cricket for Baroda in the Ranji Trophy. He was the understudy to Syed Kirmani on the West Indies tour of 1982-83 and the Australian tour of 1985-86, and finally made his international Test debut against England at Lord’s in June 1986. Since then, More has played in 49 Tests, scoring 1285 runs, and taking 110 catches with 20 stumpings. Kiran More made his one day international debut against England at Pune in December 1984, and since then has played 94 ODI’s scoring 563 runs and taking 63 catches, along with 27 stumpings. He has also appeared in two Cricket World Cups.
More served as vice-captain for India touring New Zealand in 1990. He had a smooth career nonetheless; however a few instances like his crucial dropped catch of English opener Graham Gooch at Lord’s that led him to score 333 runs, and an embarrassing controversy involving Javed Miandad who mocked him by enacting a ‘jump-frog’ leap owing to his excessive appealing. More’s career ended when he was replaced by Baroda team-mate, Nayan Mongia.
Kiran More was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1993 for his immense contribution to Indian cricket.