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Syed Abid Ali
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Syed Abid Ali

India
Syed Abid Ali

INTL CAREER: 1967 - 1975

Full Name

Syed Abid Ali

Born

September 09, 1941, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Age

79y 244d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium fast

TEAMS

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.
H Natarajan

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test2953310188120.36060320
ODI530937031.0013270.45016100
FC212333358732173*29.3013411905
List A12821697028.160150
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test294941641980476/557/11642.1288.50210
ODI5533618772/222/2226.713.3348.00000
FC21225749113363976/2328.5564.80140
List A12783367193/203/2019.3141.20000
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1959/60 - 1978/79
List A Matches
Span
1973/74 - 1975

Photos


Tony Greig is caught and bowled by Abid Ali for 106
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
Garry Sobers congratulates Syed Abid Ali and Sunil Gavaskar
The 1971 Indian touring squad
Syed Abid Ali