The Indian cricket team was on a tour of England in 1996. Sidhu had suddenly left the tour and returned to India. Regarding this incident, the then BCCI President Jaywant Lele wrote in his autobiography that Sidhu felt that Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin was abusing him on talk. Sidhu packed the bag without informing anyone and came back.
Debut in first class cricket in 1981
He made his first-class debut (Navjot Singh Cricket Career) in November 1981 while playing for Punjab against Services at Amritsar. He opened the innings and scored 51 runs. His team won the match by an innings. After scoring a century for North Zone against the West Indies team, he was called up to the Indian Test squad in November 1983.
Took retirement in 1999
After this incident, the BCCI also dropped him from the team for 10 Tests. He finally made a comeback in the 1996–1997 West Indies tour. In December 1999, he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He played around 51 Test matches and over 100 ODIs and scored over 7,000 international runs. He is also known by nicknames including ‘Sixar Sidhu’ and ‘Joty Singh’.