Syed Abid Ali

Syed Abid Ali About this soundpronunciation  (born 9 September 1941) is a former all-rounder Indian cricketer. He was a lower order batsman and a medium pace bowler.

Syed Abid Ali
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Personal information
Born (1941-09-09) 9 September 1941 (age 79)
Hyderabad, Hyderabad State, British India
BowlingRight-arm medium-fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 116)23 December 1967 v Australia
Last Test15 December 1974 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 1)13 July 1974 v England
Last ODI14 June 1975 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 29 5 212 12
Runs scored 1,018 93 8,732 169
Batting average 20.36 31.00 29.30 28.16
100s/50s 0/6 0/1 13/41 0/1
Top score 81 70 173* 70
Balls bowled 4,164 336 25,749 783
Wickets 47 7 397 19
Bowling average 42.12 26.71 28.55 19.31
5 wickets in innings 1 0 14 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 6/55 2/22 6/23 3/20
Catches/stumpings 32/– 0/– 190/5 5/–
Source: CricketArchive, 30 September 2008

Early lifeEdit

Abid Ali attended the St. George's Grammar School and All Saints High School in Hyderabad.[1] In 1956, he was picked to play for Hyderabad Schools by the selectors, who were impressed by his fielding. He scored 82 against Kerala and won the best fielder's prize. A few years later when State Bank of Hyderabad formed a cricket team, he was given a job there. He started off as a wicket keeper before becoming a bowler.

Playing careerEdit

Abid made it to the Hyderabad junior side in 1958–59 and the state Ranji Trophy team in the next year. He hardly bowled in the first few years and did not score his first Ranji hundred till 1967. He was unexpectedly picked for the team to tour Australia and New Zealand that year.

He made it to the team for the first Test against Australia possibly in the place of the captain M. A. K. Pataudi who dropped out injured. Abid scored 33 in both innings and took 6 wickets for 55,[2] the best by Indian on debut at this point. Sent in to open the batting in the third Test, he hit 47. This was followed by innings of 81 and 78 in the final Test.

Abid was the non-striker when Sunil Gavaskar scored the winning runs against the West Indies in the Port of Spain Test of 1971. When West Indies tried to chase a difficult target in the final Test of the series, Abid bowled Rohan Kanhai and Garry Sobers in consecutive balls. A few months later, he hit the winning boundary when India defeated England by four wickets at the Oval.[3]

In the Manchester Test of the same series, he took the first four wickets for 19 runs before lunch on the first day to reduce England to 4 for 41.

He played nine more Test matches, and scored 70 runs against New Zealand in the 1975 World Cup. He continued to play first class cricket for four more years. Abid Ali scored more than 2000 runs and took over hundred wickets for Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy. His highest individual score was 173 not out against Kerala in 1968-69 and his best bowling was 6 for 23 against Surrey at the Oval in 1974.

Coaching careerEdit

Abid coached the junior team of Hyderabad for a few years, before moving to California in 1980. He coached Maldives in late 1990s and UAE between 2002 and 2005. Before coaching UAE, he trained the Andhra team that won the South Zone league in Ranji Trophy in 2001-02. He currently continues to reside in California, where he now coaches promising youngsters at the Stanford Cricket Academy.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Obituaries for Abid Ali appeared in the media in the early 1990s; in fact he survived heart bypass surgery.[3]

He has two children, a daughter and a son.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Siddiqui, Ahmed Mohiuddin (13 December 2015). "All Saints' High School — 160 Glorious Years of Academic Excellence!". The Moroccan Times. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  2. ^ "1st Test: Australia v India at Adelaide, Dec 23-28, 1967". espncricinfo. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  3. ^ a b c V. V. Subrahmanyam, Abid needs help, Sportstar, 4 March 2006 [1]
  • Sujit Mukherjee, Matched winners, Orient Longman (1996), p 76-90
  • Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Who's Who of Test Cricketers

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