Full Name

Syed Saba Karim


November 14, 1967, Patna, Bihar


56y 216d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Fielding Position


Playing Role

Wicketkeeper Batter

Syed Saba Karim was a surprise choice for the tour of West Indies in 1989 but being the reserve wicketkeeper, never got to play a single international game. He was forgotten for some time but came back into the Indian side during the 1996 tour of South Africa. He made his debut in that series at Bloemfontein and scored a useful 55, which incidentally remains his best till date. Thereafter he never really got a chance to cement his place in the side, mainly due to the presence of Nayan Mongia. Even after Mongia's dismal 1999 World Cup campaign, Karim could not find a place in the squad as the selectors preferred MSK Prasad and Sameer Dighe. But with the two failing to capitalise on their chances, Karim who is also a useful late order batsman, got his due during the South African tour of India in 2000. Just when he seemed set to consolidate his position in the team, he received an untimely setback when he was injured on his right eye while keeping to Anil Kumble during the Asia Cup at Dhaka. He had to undergo surgery and the injury ended his playing career.

Karim started his domestic career in 1982-83, representing Bihar in the Ranji Trophy. A profilic run getter in the domestic arena, he recorded a career best of 234 against Orissa in the 1990-91 Ranji Trophy season. He was a mainstay with the Bihar side till 1994-95 when he switched to Bengal in an effort to catch the selectors attention. This proved to be a worthwhile move since he got a second chance to represent the country thanks to some good performances behind the stumps and before them.

He took to television commentary after his playing days, and was named national selector in September 2012.
Natarajan Sriram

Saba Karim Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

List A124102152305123*26.49--214--9852


List A124-000-----000
Syed Saba Karim portrait

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Recent Matches of Saba Karim

India vs Bangladesh151c/0s & 0c/0s10-Nov-2000DhakaTest # 1512
India vs Bangladesh--0c/0s30-May-2000DhakaODI # 1597
India vs South Africa120c/0s27-Mar-2000SharjahODI # 1581
India vs Pakistan130c/1s26-Mar-2000SharjahODI # 1580
India vs Pakistan0*1c/0s23-Mar-2000SharjahODI # 1578

Debut/Last Matches of Saba Karim

FC Matches

1982/83 - 2000/01

List A Matches

1982/83 - 1999/00

Photos of Saba Karim

Saba Karim arrives for the second day of IPL 2018 player auction
The Indian selection committee met to pick the squad for the World Cup
Saba Karim, Roger Binny, Sanjay Jagdale, Sandeep Patil, MS Dhoni, Vikram Rathour and Rajinder Singh Hans in BCCI's selection committee meeting
Former India wicketkeepers Vijay Yadav, Saba Karim and Sadanand Viswanath in conversation
Saba Karim, Portrait, 2000
A turning delivery from Sunil Joshi eludes both the batsman, Naimur and Saba Karim