Full name Syed Abid Ali
Born September 9, 1941, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Current age 74 years 154 days
Major teams India, Hyderabad (India)
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
|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|
|ODI debut||England v India at Leeds, Jul 13, 1974 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v New Zealand at Manchester, Jun 14, 1975 scorecard|
|First-class span||1959/60 - 1978/79|
|List A span||1973/74 - 1975|
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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