Full Name

Syed Abid Ali


September 09, 1941, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh


80y 85d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium fast


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
List A12821697028.160150
List A12783367193/203/2019.312.8141.2000
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

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


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
Garry Sobers congratulates Syed Abid Ali and Sunil Gavaskar
Syed Abid Ali