Syed Abid Ali      

Full name Syed Abid Ali

Born September 9, 1941, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Current age 73 years 15 days

Major teams India, Hyderabad (India)

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

Syed Abid Ali
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 29 53 3 1018 81 20.36 0 6 0 32 0
ODIs 5 3 0 93 70 31.00 132 70.45 0 1 6 1 0 0
First-class 212 333 35 8732 173* 29.30 13 41 190 5
List A 12 8 2 169 70 28.16 0 1 5 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 29 49 4164 1980 47 6/55 7/116 42.12 2.85 88.5 2 1 0
ODIs 5 5 336 187 7 2/22 2/22 26.71 3.33 48.0 0 0 0
First-class 212 25749 11336 397 6/23 28.55 2.64 64.8 14 0
List A 12 783 367 19 3/20 3/20 19.31 2.81 41.2 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v India at Adelaide, Dec 23-28, 1967 scorecard
Last Test India v West Indies at Delhi, Dec 11-15, 1974 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v India at Leeds, Jul 13, 1974 scorecard
Last ODI India v New Zealand at Manchester, Jun 14, 1975 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1959-1979
List A span 1973-1975
Profile

Abid Ali had the feet of a sprinter, the energy of a marathon runner and the will of a decathlete, but his misfortune was that he was born 20 years too early. His game was made to order for one-day cricket: he bowled brisk medium-pace, fielded outstandingly, and was a busy lower-order batsman who ran between the wickets as if on invisible skates. On his Test debut against Australia at Brisbane in 1967-68, he took a memorable 6 for 55, but Abid Ali was forever destined to play choirboy to India's famous spin quartet. In the same series, he scored 78 and 81 at Sydney, a performance that earned high praise from Jack Fingleton, the noted Australian cricketer-turned-journalist. His career ended abruptly when he was at his peak, after he had top-scored with 70 from No. 7 and taken 2 for 35 against New Zealand in the 1975 World Cup. A bizarre postscript to this premature curtailment came when Abid Ali had the dubious pleasure of reading his own obituary after Farokh Engineer mistakenly announced his death on the air.
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Jun 21, 1974

Tony Greig is caught and bowled by Abid Ali for 106, England v India, 2nd Test, Lord's, June 21, 1974

Tony Greig is caught and bowled by Abid Ali for 106

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Jul 27, 1971

John Price is caught by Abid Ali off Srinivas Venkataraghavan for a duck, England v India, 1st Test, Lord's, 5th day, July 27, 1971

John Price is caught by Abid Ali off Srinivas Venkataraghavan for a duck

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Mar 10, 1971

Garry Sobers congratulates Syed Abid Ali and Sunil Gavaskar, West Indies v India, 2nd Test, Port-of-Spain, 1970-71

Garry Sobers congratulates Syed Abid Ali and Sunil Gavaskar

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Tournament Results
England v India at Birmingham - Jun 23, 2013
India won by 5 runs
India v Sri Lanka at Cardiff - Jun 20, 2013
India won by 8 wickets (with 90 balls remaining)
England v South Africa at The Oval - Jun 19, 2013
England won by 7 wickets (with 75 balls remaining)
Australia v Sri Lanka at The Oval - Jun 17, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 20 runs
England v New Zealand at Cardiff - Jun 16, 2013
England won by 10 runs
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