Mahomed Nissar

NISSAR, MAHOMED, who died at Lahore on March 11, aged 52, played as a fast bowler in six Test matches for India against England. Tall and well-built, he was specially dangerous with the new ball, possessing the ability to make it swing and break back. He twice visited England. In 1932, under the captaincy of the Maharajah of Porbandar, he headed the India bowling averages for first-class matches with 71 wickets, average 18.09, and in the only Test match that year dismissed five batsmen for 93 and one for 42. Other good performances by Nissar on that tour were six wickets for 32 v. Oxford University; six for 45 v. Somerset; six for 92 v. Kent and 6 for 26 in the match with Yorkshire.

As a member of the Maharaj Kumar of Vizianagram's team in 1936, he topped the Test averages with 12 wickets at a cost of 28.58 runs each and, with 66 wickets for 25.13 apiece, proved the most successful Indian bowler in all first-class games. He took part in two Tests against D. R. Jardine's side in India in 1933, taking five wickets for 90 runs in the first innings of the opening match of the series.

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