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Ghulam Ahmed      

Full name Ghulam Ahmed

Born July 4, 1922, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Died October 28, 1998, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (aged 76 years 116 days)

Major teams India, Hyderabad (India), Muslims

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 22 31 9 192 50 8.72 0 1 3 11 0
First-class 98 126 30 1379 90 14.36 0 5 57 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 22 36 5650 2052 68 7/49 10/130 30.17 2.17 83.0 3 4 1
First-class 98 24263 9190 407 9/53 22.57 2.27 59.6 32 9
Career statistics
Test debut India v West Indies at Kolkata, Dec 31, 1948 - Jan 4, 1949 scorecard
Last Test India v West Indies at Kolkata, Dec 31, 1958 - Jan 4, 1959 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1939/40 - 1958/59
Profile

A right arm off spinner of the highest class, Ghulam Ahmed was a gentleman cricketer. He represented India for a decade and with Vinoo Mankad and Subash Gupte, formed the first great Indian spin trio. While he blended well with the other two, he was a fine bowler in his own right. Tall and slim, he bowled with an easy action and had good command over line and length. On good wickets, he was accurate enough to force the batsman to be watchful but even on a slightly helpful wicket, he could be almost unplayable. He proved this during the third Test against Australia at Calcutta in 1956 when he finished with ten wickets for 130 including seven for 49 in the first innings. He also played a leading role in shaping India's first Test victory at Chepauk in 1951-52. In England in 1952 he was the side's leading bowler taking 80 wickets in the first class games (average: 21.92) including 15 (24.73) of the 39 wickets that fell to Indian bowlers in the four Tests. He also toured Pakistan in 1954-55. An aggressive tail end batsman, he scored 50 at No 11 against Pakistan at New Delhi in 1952-53, adding with Hemu Adhikari a record 109 runs for the last wicket.

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Indian offspinner Ghulam Ahmed, 1952

Indian offspinner Ghulam Ahmed

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