Abdul Qadir

Country: Pakistan
Born: September 15, 1955, Lahore, Punjab
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak Googly
Playing role: Bowler
Died: September 06, 2019, Lahore, (aged 63y 356d)

Abdul Qadir Bio

Abdul Qadir Khan, one of Pakistan’s cricket legends, holds a special place in the history of the game. With his outstanding wrist-spin skills and charismatic personality, Qadir brought a unique flair to the art of bowling. Born on September 15, 1955, in Lahore, Pakistan, Qadir’s journey in cricket began at an early age and led him to become an iconic figure in the sport.

Qadir’s career in international cricket spanned from 1977 to 1993, during which he played a significant role in keeping the legacy of wristspin alive. Imran Khan, the captain of the Pakistani cricket team, recognized Qadir’s talent and urged him to grow a French beard, adding an enigmatic aura to his already captivating performances on the field. This move proved to be successful as Qadir became a force to be reckoned with, leaving England, in particular, in awe of his capabilities.

Throughout his career, Qadir displayed a wide array of deliveries, often dazzling batsmen with his unpredictable spin. His action was anything but conventional, designed to distract and mystify his opponents. He mastered various deliveries, including two different types of googlies, making him a true wizard of spin bowling. His lethal flipper also posed a significant threat to batsmen, instilling fear and uncertainty in their minds.

Qadir’s dominance was apparent against many formidable opponents, most notably the West Indies. In an era when the West Indies team was unparalleled in their cricketing prowess, Qadir’s successes against them played a crucial role in Pakistan’s ability to compete without capitulation. His exceptional performance in the home series of 1987, where he claimed 30 wickets in three Tests, including the best bowling figures by a Pakistani in an innings, will forever remain etched in cricketing history.

However, Qadir’s brilliance was not as prominent against India, where he struggled to make an impact. It was during Pakistan’s historic 1986-87 tour of India that Qadir’s effectiveness waned, resulting in him being dropped for the final match. Despite his less-than-ideal performances against India, Qadir’s contributions to the team’s success in other matches were invaluable.

Qadir’s passion and fighting spirit extended beyond his bowling skills and often manifested in his batting as well. He played a number of crucial innings in both Test matches and One Day Internationals, including a memorable encounter against Courtney Walsh, where he scored 16 runs in the final over to clinch a World Cup victory.

As his career drew to a close in the early 1990s, Qadir paved the way for the emergence of another talented spinner, Mushtaq Ahmed. Qadir’s impact as a mentor should not be overlooked, as he played a pivotal role in shaping the careers of not only Mushtaq but also Danish Kaneria, lending his experience and knowledge to the next generation of spinners.

In recognition of his cricketing contributions, Qadir was appointed as Pakistan’s chief selector in November 2008. Unfortunately, his tenure in the position was cut short, as he resigned just six months later. Tragically, Abdul Qadir Khan passed away from a heart attack on September 6, 2019, a few days shy of his 64th birthday, leaving behind a legacy that will forever be cherished.

Abdul Qadir Khan’s impact on the game of cricket was immeasurable. With his charismatic personality, exceptional bowling skills, and fighting spirit, he etched his name in the annals of cricketing history. His contribution to keeping wristspin alive and inspiring future generations of spinners ensures that his legacy will continue to enchant cricket enthusiasts for years to come.

Abdul Qadir Career Stats

Abdul Qadir Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 67 77 11 1029 61 15.59 - - 0 3 - 16 15 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 104 68 26 641 41* 15.26 849 75.5 0 0 36 17 21 0
FC 209 247 43 3740 112 18.33 - - 2 8 - - 83 0
List A 147 91 29 869 41* 14.01 - - 0 0 - - 29 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Abdul Qadir Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 67 111 17126 7742 236 9/56 13/101 32.8 2.71 72.5 12 15 5
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 104 100 5100 3454 132 5/44 5/44 26.16 4.06 38.6 4 2 0
FC 209 - 49036 22314 960 9/49 - 23.24 2.73 51 - 75 21
List A 147 - 7014 4666 202 5/31 5/31 23.09 3.99 34.7 7 3 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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