Syed Kirmani

Country: India
Born: December 29, 1949, Madras (now Chennai)
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Wicketkeeper Batter

Syed Kirmani Bio

Syed Mujtaba Hussein Kirmani, popularly known as Syed Kirmani, is widely regarded as one of the greatest wicketkeepers in the history of Indian cricket. Born on December 29, 1949, in Madras, India, Kirmani’s career spanned over 12 years from 1976 to 1988.

Replacing the flamboyant Farokh Engineer behind the stumps was no easy task, but Kirmani proved to be more than capable. He brought a quiet efficiency to his role, revolutionizing the way India played cricket during his time.

In the early years of his career, Kirmani had the daunting task of keeping wicket to the famed Indian spin quartet, consisting of Bishan Singh Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, and Srinivas Venkataraghavan. This was a period when India heavily relied on spin bowling, and Kirmani’s ability to handle their varied styles was remarkable.

As the spin quartet faded away, Kirmani was then faced with the challenge of dealing with a seam attack spearheaded by the legendary Kapil Dev. Despite having to adapt to the changing dynamics of the Indian bowling attack, Kirmani continued to excel behind the stumps and showcased his versatility as a wicketkeeper.

While his keeping skills were unquestionable, Kirmani also proved himself as a more than capable batsman. Often batting down the order, he displayed a gritty determination and played crucial innings for the Indian team. Kirmani scored two Test hundreds during his career, proving his mettle as a batsman who could bail the team out of challenging situations.

One of the highlights of Kirmani’s career came in 1983 when he played a pivotal role in India’s historic World Cup victory. Not only was he exceptional behind the stumps, but he also contributed with the bat when needed. His performances in the tournament were a testament to his skills and composure under pressure.

Kirmani’s contributions to Indian cricket were not limited to his on-field performances. He was known for his calm and composed demeanor, providing valuable guidance to his teammates. His leadership qualities and ability to read the game made him a respected figure in the dressing room.

After retiring from international cricket, Kirmani continued to be involved in the sport. He served as a coach and selector, sharing his expertise and nurturing young talent. His vast experience and knowledge of the game made him a valuable asset to Indian cricket.

Syed Kirmani’s impact on Indian cricket cannot be overstated. His exceptional wicketkeeping skills, batting prowess, and dedication to the sport cemented his position as one of the finest cricketers to have ever represented India. His contributions laid the foundation for the rise of Indian cricket and inspired a generation of wicketkeepers to follow in his footsteps.

Syed Kirmani Career Stats

Syed Kirmani Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 88 124 22 2759 102 27.04 - - 2 12 - 3 160 38
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 49 31 13 373 48* 20.72 616 60.55 0 0 - - 27 9
FC 275 383 64 9620 161 30.15 - - 13 38 - - 367 112
List A 84 58 23 881 64 25.17 - - 0 3 - - 59 15
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Syed Kirmani Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 88 3 19 13 1 1/9 1/9 13 4.1 19 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 49 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 275 - 175 126 1 1/9 - 126 4.31 175 - 0 0
List A 84 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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