Abbas Ali Baig      

Full name Abbas Ali Baig

Born March 19, 1939, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Current age 79 years 270 days

Major teams India, Hyderabad (India), Oxford University, Somerset

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Relation Brother - Murtuza A Baig

Abbas Ali Baig
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 10 18 0 428 112 23.77 1 2 0 6 0
First-class 235 391 29 12367 224* 34.16 21 64 154 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 10 2 18 15 0 - - - 5.00 - 0 0 0
First-class 235 660 432 9 2/26 48.00 3.92 73.3 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v India at Manchester, Jul 23-28, 1959 scorecard
Last Test India v West Indies at Kolkata, Dec 31, 1966 - Jan 5, 1967 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1954/55 - 1975/76

A classy right-hand strokeplayer, Abbas Ali Baig remains one of the tragic figures of Indian cricket. For a man of his talent and skill, only ten Tests over a first class career that stretched over two decades was scant reward. But Baig's brush with immortality is in the record books for his memorable feat in scoring a century in his first Test in 1959. Coming in a replacement for the injured Vijay Manjrekar, Baig hit a superb 112 at Old Trafford. Not only was he the first to accomplish the feat outside India, but at 20 years, 131 days he was then the youngest Indian to get a Test hundred. He performed creditably against the strong Australian side in 1959-60, notching up 50 and 58 in the third Test at Bombay, to play a notable role in India drawing the game. Against Pakistan the following season he failed in four innings and was dropped. Despite scoring heavily in the Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy tournaments, he was not brought back until six years later, when he played two Tests against West Indies. He was only moderately successful but he was dropped and never again played Test cricket. However he remained elegance personified and fought his way back into the Indian team that toured England in 1971 as opening batsman after being distinctly unlucky to miss the trip to West Indies earlier that year. But he was overlooked for the Tests, though Ashok Mankad had a wretched series and that remained the extent of his international career.

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The 1971 Indian touring squad. Back row, L to R, RP Mehra (manager); EAS Prasanna; D Govindraj; BS Bedi; BS Chandrasekhar; AV Mankad; P Krishnamurthy; K Jayantilal; S Abid Ali; Col. HR Adhikari (team manager); Front row, L to R, SMH Kirmani; GR Viswanath; DN Sardesai; Abbas Ali Baig; AL Wadekar (cpt), S Venkataraghavan; FM Engineer (wicketkeeper); SM Gavaskar; ED Solkar;; The Oval, August 1971

The 1971 Indian touring squad

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Abbas Ali Baig

Abbas Ali Baig

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Jul 13, 1959

The Oxford University XI that played the 1959 Varsity match. (Back row, from left): Abbas Ali Baig, Javed Burki, David Green, Charles Fry, Andrew Corran, John Raybould. (Front row:) Dan Piachaud, Richard Jowett, Alan Smith, Michael Eagar, David Sayer, Oxford University v Cambridge University, University Match, Lord's, July 13, 1959

The Oxford University XI that played the 1959 Varsity match

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