Syed Abid Ali prowled the field the way few others have done, running at a speed matched by few. He also ran hard between wickets, leaving his partners gasping for breath in order to keep up with him, for they, unlike him, did not possess infinite stamina. With bat he relied on cleanly hit drives. If the big hits dried up, he was sensible enough to place them into gaps for short runs. To complete the package, he also bowled medium-pace, and occasionally kept wickets. From 212 First-Class matches Abid Ali scored 8,732 runs and took 397 wickets at identical averages of 29, in addition to 190 catches and 5 stumpings. At Tests the numbers were significantly inferior: his 29 Tests fetched him 1,018 runs at 20 and 47 wickets at 42, though he snaffled 32 catches. His ODI numbers (93 runs at 31, 7 wickets at 27, economy rate of 3.33) were an indication of the kind of limited-overs cricketer he could have been, had he been born a decade or so later.
Abid made it to the twin tours of Australia and New Zealand in 1967-68. Despite his 61 against Tasmania, he was not in contention, but got a break when Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi pulled out of the first Test at Adelaide as the third seamer — a concept almost unheard-of in India in the 1960s. Introduced as third seamer, Abid removed Bill Lawry and Bobby Simpson, and came back to polish the tail. He took 6 for 55 on Test debut. While he was the first Indian to take 6 wickets in an innings on debut, it also remained his only 5-for. He also scored 33 in each innings. In the last Test of the series, he smashed 78 out of 111 scored during his stay. And when India were set 342, Abid led the charge with a valiant 81, which would remain his highest score.
Abid claimed 4 for 26 at Dunedin, helping India win their first overseas Test. When Pakistan hosted a Rest of the World XI in 1970-71, Abid and Farokh Engineer were the only Indians to play alongside a galaxy of stars. He played in India’s famous twin tours of West Indies and England in 1971. At Queen’s Park Oval he clean bowled Roy Fredericks with a yorker in the first ball of the Test, and followed it with Clive Lloyd’s wicket. He also played crucial cameos of 20 and 21 not out in India’s first win against West Indies, deliberately letting Sunil Gavaskar score the winning run. He continued to contribute, with 50 not out at Bourda and 5 wickets at Kensington Oval. Later that year he jolted England at Old Trafford, taking 4 wickets to reduce them to 41 for 4. He took the winning hit at The Oval to seal India’s maiden Test win on English soil. Three years later, at Old Trafford, Abid took 4 for 70 and was last out for a 93-ball 71. Unfortunately, India were whitewashed 0-3, and the arrival of Karsan Ghavri and Madan Lal ended Abid’s Test career. In the inaugural World Cup, Abid took 2 wickets in each of India’s three matches. He batted only once, scoring 70 from 98 balls against New Zealand. He continued to play domestic cricket till 1978-79. After retirement he coached the Hyderabad Junior team for a year before moving to California. Soon afterwards, a rumour broke out, which led to Abid’s obituaries appearing all over media!
He later had a string of curious coaching roles, for Maldives, Andhra, and UAE, and rues the fact that BCCI never gave him a chance to coach India. However, when he had financial issues, BCCI granted him INR 6 million in 2012.
Syed Abid Ali Height, Age, Net Worth and Biography
|Syed Abid Ali Biography|
|Born Name||Syed Abid Ali|
|Nick Name||Syed Abid Ali|
|Age (as in 2017)||75 years|
|International Debut||England v India at Leeds, Jul 13, 1974|
|Jersey Number||Not known|
|Domestic/State Teams||Not known|
|Batting Style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling Style||Right-arm medium-fast|
|Nature on field||Not known|
|Likes to play against||Australia|
|Records/Achievements (main ones)||Batting : 1018|
|Date of Birth||September 9, 1941|
|Age (as in 2017)||75 years|
|Birth Place||Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh|
|Educational Qualifications||Not known|
|Net Worth & Salary (approx.)|
|Net Worth||Not known|
|Address||Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh|
|Phone/Mobile Number||Not known|
|Social Media Profile||Facebook