Syed Abid Ali

Syed Abid Ali
INTL CAREER: 1967 - 1975
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Full Name

Syed Abid Ali


September 09, 1941, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh


82y 88d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Medium fast

Playing Role


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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Syed Abid Ali Career Stats


List A12-783367193/203/2019.312.8141.2000

Batting & Fielding

List A12821697028.16--01--50
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Debut/Last Matches of Syed Abid Ali

FC Matches

1959/60 - 1978/79

List A Matches

1973/74 - 1975

Recent Matches of Syed Abid Ali

South Zone vs North Zone27 & 32/63 & 2/4430-Sep-1977BengaluruFC
South Zone vs North Zone3 & 61/23 & 0/827-Dec-1975ChennaiFC
South Zone vs Central Zone241/38 & 1/3013-Dec-1975BengaluruFC
India vs New Zealand702/3514-Jun-1975ManchesterODI # 28
India vs East Africa--2/2211-Jun-1975LeedsODI # 24

Photos of Syed Abid Ali

Tony Greig is caught and bowled by Abid Ali for 106
Abid Ali takes the winning run
Syed Abid Ali is carried off the field by fans after securing India's series win
John Price is caught by Abid Ali off Srinivas Venkataraghavan for a duck
Syed Abid Ali
The 1971 Indian touring squad