Saba Karim

Country: India
Born: November 14, 1967, Patna, Bihar
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Playing role: Wicketkeeper Batter

Saba Karim Bio

Syed Saba Karim, the former Indian cricketer, had a career that was marked with both potential and unfortunate circumstances. Born on November 14, 1967, in Patna, Bihar, Karim’s journey in cricket started in the early 1980s when he made his debut in domestic cricket.

Initially representing Bihar in the Ranji Trophy, Karim quickly made his mark as a prolific run-scorer. His dedication and consistent performances earned him recognition, and it wasn’t long before he caught the attention of the national selectors. In 1989, he was unexpectedly included as the reserve wicketkeeper for the Indian team’s tour to West Indies. However, he did not get an opportunity to display his skills on the international stage during that tour.

After being somewhat forgotten for a few years, Karim made a comeback to the Indian side during the 1996 tour of South Africa. He finally made his international debut in Bloemfontein, where he showcased his potential by scoring a valuable 55 runs – his highest score in international cricket. Unfortunately, he struggled to solidify his place in the team due to the presence of Nayan Mongia as the preferred wicketkeeper.

In the 1999 World Cup, Mongia’s disappointing performance raised hopes for Karim to make a comeback. However, the selectors opted for other wicketkeepers like MSK Prasad and Sameer Dighe. Despite his frustration, Karim persevered and continued to impress in domestic cricket. He finally received another chance during the South African tour of India in 2000. With his proficient batting skills and reliable wicketkeeping ability, it seemed that he was on the verge of securing a permanent position in the team.

However, fate had other plans for Karim. In a cruel twist of events, during the Asia Cup in Dhaka, he suffered a severe injury to his right eye while keeping to the bowling of Anil Kumble. The injury required surgery and, tragically, it marked the end of his playing career. Although Karim had shown immense promise and potential, his international career was cut short through an untimely injury.

Following his retirement from cricket, Karim found new avenues to stay associated with the game. He transitioned into television commentary, where his insightful analysis and passion for the sport were well-received by audiences. Additionally, in September 2012, he was appointed as a national selector, where he employed his vast knowledge of the game to contribute towards shaping the future of Indian cricket.

Syed Saba Karim’s journey in cricket was a bittersweet one. While he faced setbacks and missed out on opportunities, he showcased his talent whenever he was given a chance. With his batting skills, dependable wicketkeeping, and passion for the game, he left an indelible mark on Indian cricket. Karim’s commitment and contributions, both on and off the field, will always be remembered by fans and his fellow cricketers alike.

Saba Karim Career Stats

Saba Karim Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 1 1 0 15 15 15 46 32.6 0 0 2 0 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 34 27 4 362 55 15.73 560 64.64 0 1 27 2 27 3
FC 120 168 39 7310 234 56.66 - - 22 33 - - 243 55
List A 124 102 15 2305 123* 26.49 - - 2 14 - - 98 52
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Saba Karim Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 34 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 120 - 36 22 0 - - - 3.66 - 0 0 0
List A 124 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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