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Sadiq Mohammad

'Stay on the wicket and runs will come'

Sadiq Mohammad on the valuable advice he got from older brother Mushtaq, having words with Andy Roberts, and being compared with Neil Harvey

Interview by Ijaz Chaudhry

August 26, 2012

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Mushtaq Mohammad (R) and Sadiq Mohammad
Sadiq Mohammad (left) with older brother Mushtaq on the 1971 tour of England © EMPICS
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First time I couldn't sleep because of cricket
The night before my first Test match. I thought about batting with Hanif [Mohammad], one of the greatest, would be very challenging. If I don't do well, fingers will be pointed, I thought.

First piece of cricket advice I got
It was from my brother Mushtaq Mohammad. He said: Try to stay on the wicket and runs will come. Just concentrate to survive that particular ball.

First cricketing autograph
Dennis Compton's, in early '50s, when I was a child. He was in Karachi because his aircraft had to make an emergency landing due to some malfunction.

First time I lost my cool on the field
Against West Indies in the fourth Test of 1976-77 series - the batsman's snick was caught by our wicketkeeper Wasim Bari around second slip. Andy Roberts was the batsman. He didn't walk and the umpire also didn't raise a finger. I said a few words to Roberts. I told him, "This is blatant cheating".

First meeting with a cricket idol
Neil Harvey, during Pakistan's tour of Australia in 1972-73. Some people compared me with him because we were both both left-handers, and short and compact.

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Posted by Toescrusher on (August 28, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

Cricket seems at it best when Sadiq is batting in England and English Seamers, particularly Bob Willis with his limping hair bowling with four slips, two gullies and point yet Sadiq was able to find the gape between slip and the cover point most elegantly and guide the ball towards the boundary, it is an absolutely treat to watch, perhaps this is that unique ability of him which earned him the English town's name as 'Sadiq Town', I hope it still exist there.

I don't know if any of you remembered ... Sadiq was very good in spinning the bat in his hand particularly when he was on the non striker end; he would spin the bat that the bat will kept on spinning in his hand for quite a while I have not seen any other batsmen doing the same as Sadiq did so fluently.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 22:56 GMT)

some people compared sadiq to the greatest left hander of all time Neil Harvey that's way too far fetched. I'd put sadiq in the same league as Wadekar, that's about it and NOT any where near Neil Harvey. India's greatest left hander hands down is Saurav Ganguly.

Posted by ABLcric on (August 27, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

"Stay on the wicket and runs will come" is the definition of Misbah ul Haq. Today, Pakistan test team is ranked at number 4 due to this change of mind set. Pakistan cricket team has always believed in hitting two sixes rather than 3 fours. Misbah guided the team and shifted the paradigm. Now, our batsmen are not swashbuckling anymore. This is the reason why some people criticize Misbah and call him Tuk Tuk. Besides, Muhammad brothers contribution to Pakistan cricket cannot be ignored. Brilliant family of cricket. I wonder, if there be any family like the Muhammad brothers and their next generation's role and contribution to cricket.

Posted by beejaytee on (August 27, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

"Try to stay on the wicket and runs will come. Just concentrate to survive that particular ball." Can someone get this message to the New Zealand batsmen, please? Tweet, sms, email, tattoo it on B. McCullum's forehead (only space left, I think), anything! Just get this message to them. They seem to only think like this once they are an innings and 1000 runs behind!

Posted by   on (August 26, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Remember Sadiq getting struck I think it was in his face, yet soldiered on to make 98 n.o. thereby staving off defeat for his country. May have been against WI. Truly an act of bravery and courage. Yes, Sadiq was a relatively successful Test batsman, but definitely no Neil Harvey. Harvey was a gem of a batsman. What have the Mohammed brothers been doing since retirement? Here's an anecdote for cricket fans involving elder Mohammed brother, Hanif. My dad shared it with me years ago. First Test at Bridgetown, Barbados (land of my birth). Hanif opens the batting on the first morning. Roy Gilchrist who was short of statue and had very long hands, has the cherry in his hands. He lets go the first ball with so much venom and pace, that the first time anybody saw the ball was when fine leg ran around to retrieve it off the boundary board! Batsman, 'keeper, slips, umpire, commentators, spectators didn't see it at all!! I'm sure that as time went out, some embellishment has been added.

Posted by Bobby_Talyarkhan on (August 26, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

@landl47 Sadiq was more than a useful bat - he could bat with real flair and stood out fairly prominently even in the strong Gloucestershire batting lineup (Proctor, Zaheer etc.). I don't think there is any need to belittle a former player - Sadiq did not say he was as good as Neil Harvey, he merely mentioned how flattering it was for him to be compared with his hero Neil Harvey.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

The four Mohammed brothers from Junagadh, Gujarat were just awesome. Hanif the first little master, Mushtaq the batsman who could bowl leg spin, Sadiq the nuggety leftie who could graft an innings and Wazir. But to compare Sadiq with Neil Harvey is heresy. Allan Border more like it.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

Sadiq will always be known as first test wicket of kapil Dev..

Posted by ifrakurshid on (August 26, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

SADIQ & MUSTAQ MOHD GREAT CRICKETERS OF PAK. REMEMBERED PLAYING WITH BOTH CERTAINLY MUSTAQ MOHD THE BLACK TIGER IS CRICKETING BRAIN WHICH PAKISTAN CRICKET BOARD NOT UTLISING. REMEMBERED SADID WORDS THAT CRICKET IS NOT A TEAM GAME ITS THE GAME OF AN INDIVIDUAL STRESSING ONE INDIVIDUAL FACING 11 MEN ALONE WHILE BATTING. I CALLED SADIQ THINKING AS MACHARA WHILE FIELDING CATCH A FISH ALONE MEANS BY CAPT APPROACH /ADVISE WHICH I FIND MUSTAQ MUHAMMAD AS ONE OF THE BEST. THE AGE OLD KARACHI GYMKHANA VS LAHORE GYM. TUSSLE CONTINUE DESTROYING PAK CRICKET ON AND OFF THE FIELD IS WHATMORE BETTER THAN MUSTAQ NO SIR.IMRAN KHAN, WASIM AKRAM WAQUAR ARE THE PRODUCT OF THIS GREAT CRICKET FAMILY THINKING.REMEMBERED DAYS OF ANTO DESOUZA & MAHMOOD HUSSAIN HANIF PLANNED IF WE HAVE 2 WIN AGAINST ENGLAND,WESTINDIES AUSTRILA WE HAVE 2 TRAIN OUR WELBUILD EDUCATED PATANS PUNJABIS FOR FAST BOWLING A COMPROMISE BY KCHI GYM. BROUGHT REVOLUTION IN PAK CRICKET. 715 WAKE UP 509

Posted by landl47 on (August 26, 2012, 4:58 GMT)

I remember Sadiq very well from his time in county cricket in the 1970s. He was a useful bat and occasional bowler. However, when he says he was compared to Neil Harvey for being left-handed, short and compact, he has listed the only similarities. No-one ever mistook the quality of his play for that of Neil Harvey.

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