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Full name Mohammad Baqa Khan Jilani
Born July 20, 1911, Jullundur (now Jalandhar), Punjab
Died July 2, 1941, Jullundur (now Jalandhar), Punjab (aged 29 years 347 days)
Major teams India, Muslims, Northern India
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Only Test||England v India at The Oval, Aug 15-18, 1936 scorecard|
|First-class span||1934/35 - 1938/39|
A right-arm medium-fast bowler and a useful late order batsman, Baqa Jilani toured England in 1936. In his sole Test at the Oval he scored 4* and 12 and finished wicketless, and it was widely reported that he was only picked because he had the support of the Maharajah of Vizianagram, the captain, after insutling CK Nayudu. He was the first bowler to get a hat-trick in the Ranji Trophy, in the course of his spell of 5 for 7 off 25 balls for Northern India against Southern Punjab in the inaugural year of the national competition in 1934-35.
Mohammad Baqa Khan Jilani, who came to England with the team from India in 1936, died on July 2, 1941, within twenty-eight days of completing thirty years. A useful bat, he averaged 18.52 in three-day matches, with 113 at Leicester his one really big innings. He played in one Test, the third at The Oval, presumably for his bowling, but he did not take a wicket, and, batting last but one, he scored not out 4 and 12. Altogether in three-day matches he took eleven wickets at the high cost of 40.72 runs apiece.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
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