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Muslim cricketers played for India
By AN Shibli
|Indian Muslims have tried tried their
best in every field of life and have done very good job to shape a proud
India. In every sport Muslim players, whoever got the chance performed
well and helped India to win many major tournaments and trophies and
captured good positions in different sports.
In cricket very
small number of Muslims got chance to represent India at international
level. Among them Mohammed Azharuddin is the most successful cricketer. He
is one of the best batsmen India ever produced. Born on 8Feb, 1963 in
Hyderabad, Azhar made his test debut against England at Calcutta in
1984-85 series and hit 110 runs and became only eighth Indian to do so.
This inning was followed by 105 at Madras and 122 at Kanpur. He is the
only player in over 125 years of test cricket to score centuries in three
consecutive tests. He is the only Indian to score a century in one session
of a day’s play, he moved from 59 to 162 between lunch and tea on the
third day of the second test against England in 1990. His highest test
score is 199 which he scored against Srilanka at Kanpur in 1986-87. He is
the most successful Indian Captain. Under his captaincy, India won many
Azhar was very successful in one-day cricket also. He is only the second
cricketer in the world to score more than 9000 runs. He holds the record
of highest number of appearances, highest number of catches and highest
number of fifties in one-day cricket. India won majority of one-day
tournaments under Azhar’s captaincy.
Mohammed Nisar is among those cricketers who represented India in its very
first test in 1932 against England. It is believed that he was the fastest
Indian bowler. Born on 8 January 1910 in Hoshiarpur, Mohammad Nisar holds
the record of bowling very first ball in test for India including very
first to claim wicket and claiming five wickets in an inning. In total he
played six tests and took 25 wickets including three hauls of five wickets
with 5 for 90 as his best. He played all his six tests against England. He
died on 11 March 1963.
Syed Nazeer Ali and Syed Wazir Ali were brothers. Both played in very fist
test of India in 1932. Born on June 8, 1906 in Jalandhar, Nazeer Ali
played only two tests, scored 30 runs and took 4 wickets. His brother,
Wazir Ali, who was born on 15 September 1903, played seven tests. In total
he scored 237 runs with 42 as his best.
Jahangir Khan was a fast bowler. He also played against England in 1932,
which was the inaugural test of India. He played four tests and all
against England and scored 39 runs and claimed 4 wickets.
Syed Abid Ali was a right arm medium pace bowler. He made his debut in
1967 against Australia. Born on 9 October 1941, Abid Ali played 29 test
matches in all and captured 47 wickets. As a batsman he scored 1018 runs
with 81 as his highest. He was an integral part in India’s first test
win over West Indies in 1970-71. He also played in one-day cricket
matches. He played 5 one-day internationals and scored 93 runs including
70 as his best. He captured 7 wickets in one-day cricket.
Salim Durrani was famous for hitting sixes on public demand. An aggressive
batsman who was also a fine spinner, he was born in Kabul on 11December
1934. He made his debut in 1959 against Australia. He played 29 tests in
all, scored 1202 runs including a hundred (104) against West Indies at
Port of Spain. He also captured 75 wickets including three hauls of 5 or
more wickets in an inning.
Dilawar Hussain was a wicket-keeper-batsman. He made his debut against
England in 1933-34 at Calcutta. In total he played three tests, all
against England and scored 254 runs including three half-centuries with 59
as his best. After partition he migrated to Pakistan where he died on
Jamshed Irani was a wicket-keeper. He played only two tests for India and
dismissed 7 batsmen.
Ayub was a good spinner. But due to his failure on certain occasions he
could not play for long. He played 13 tests, scored 257 runs and captured
41 wickets including three hauls of five wickets in an inning. He played
32 one-day matches after making his debut against West Indies in 1987 and
claimed 31 wickets.
Farrukh Engineer was one of the best wicket-keepers of the world. Born on
25 February 1938 in Bombay, he made his debut in 1961-62. In all he played
46 tests, scored 2611 runs including 2 centuries and 16 half-centuries. He
dismissed 72 batsmen behind the wicket. He also played 5 one-day
internationals and scored 114 runs including 54 as his highest.
Rashid Ghulam Mohammed Patel played only one test and one one-day game for
Mustafa Hussain Kirmani was the best wicket-keeper of India. He was also a
good batsman. Born on 29 December 1949, he holds the record for highest
dismissals by an Indian wicket-keeper and also for having played highest
number of tests for India as a wicket-keeper.
He made his debut in 1975 against the West Indies. In all he played 88
tests for India, scored 2759 runs (highest by any Indian wicket-keeper)
including two centuries and 12 half-centuries. He dismissed 198 batsmen
behind the wickets. He also played in 49 one-day matches, scored 373 runs
and dismissed 36 players as a wicket-keeper.
Syed Mushtaq Ali made his debut in 1934 against England. In all he played
11 tests, scored 612 runs including 2 centuries and 3 half-centuries. He
scored 112 runs as his best. He also bowled 378 balls and captured 3
Amir Elahi, Abdul Hafeez Kardar and Gul Mohammed played for both India and
Pakistan. Ameer Elahi made his debut against Australia in 1947 and scored
17 runs. Then he migrated to Pakistan and played 5 more tests. Kardar made
his debut for India in 1946 against England. He played 3 tests for India
and scored 80 runs with 43 as his best. After partition he became the
first captain of Pakistan. Gul Mohammed made his debut against England in
1946. In all he played 8 tests for India including 5 tests against
Pakistan. After his migration to Pakistan he played one test for Pakistan
against Australia in 1956.
Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi was the first Muslim cricketer who captained
India. He played only three tests for India and led the team in all. He
had the distinction to play for England also. He scored 55 runs for India.
One of the finest sports persons who also played hockey for India at
international level, he died on 5 January 1952, the 11th birthday of his
son Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
Ali Khan Pataudi, who is commonly known as Junior Pataudi, holds the
record of youngest captain of the world. He played 46 tests for India and
scored 2793 runs including a 203 (not out) as his highest score. He made
his debut against England in 1961. He suffered a car accident in which he
lost an eye and stopped playing cricket. In 1974 he returned to cricket
and led the team. Under his captaincy India won 9 tests.
Abbas Ali Baig made his debut against England in 1959 and scored a century
(112), thus became the first Muslim cricketer to do so. He played 10 tests
for India and scored 428 runs in all including one century and two half
Ghulam Ahmad is the second Muslim to captain India after Pataudi Senior.
He was India’s first world class off-spinner. He made his debut against
West Indies at Calcutta in 1948-49. In all he played 22 tests for India,
captured 68 wickets including the best of 7 for 49. He died on 28 October
1998 in Hyderabad.
Ghulam Ahmad Hasan played only one test for India and scored 6 and 1
respectively. Baqa Jeelani also played only one test for India and scored
22 runs. K.C. Ibrahim played in 4 tests and scored 169 runs. His highest
score was 85 runs.
Syed Saba Karim a wicket-keeper-batsman played in limited matches. He
played a lot of good innings for Bengal. But in international cricket he
could not get a chance on proper time. Selectors were not kind for him.
Mohammad Kaif of Uttar Pradesh and Wasim Jaffar of
Maharashtra also played for India. Both are very good batsmen but they
could not do much. That is why this time they are out of squad but they
will make their entry in playing eleven. Both are doing very well in
domestic cricket. Kaif is the son of former railways cricketer Mohammad
Tariff. He came into limelight when as Vice-Captain of the ‘India
under-15’ team for 1996, in Lambard Challenge Cup in England he averaged
over 90 runs and was voted the best batsman of the championship.
In the present Indian squad Zaheer Khan is doing very well. For his good
bowling he was declared Man of the Match in only his 6th match. Hailing
from Mumbai, he had to move to Baroda to get his break in first class
domestic cricket. In domestic cricket he proved himself a dependable
player and got a chance in national squad. He is also a good hitter.
Nobody can forget his four consecutive sixes against Zimbabwe. On his
performance, Indian captain Saurav Ganguly had said, “He is already my
trump-card. Whenever I am under pressure I give the ball to Zaheer.” q