Taslim Arif

Country: Pakistan
Born: May 01, 1954, Karachi, Sind
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Died: March 13, 2008, Karachi, Sind, (aged 53y 317d)

Taslim Arif Bio

Taslim Arif Abbasi, a talented cricketer hailing from Pakistan, is best remembered for his brief but impactful career as a wicketkeeper-batsman. Born on October 13, 1953, in Pakistan, Taslim shot to prominence with his exceptional performances at the international level and left a lasting impression on the cricketing world.

Taslim Arif began his cricketing journey as a batsman and made his debut for Pakistan against arch-rivals India in the 1979-80 series. In his very first Test match, held in Calcutta, Taslim displayed immense skill and determination, grinding out a respectable score of 90 runs in the first innings. He further enhanced his reputation by scoring a solid knock of 46 in the second innings. Despite his commendable batting performance, Taslim’s true potential as a wicketkeeper-batsman was not fully recognized until his subsequent Tests.

It was during the same winter that Taslim etched his name in the annals of cricketing history with a monumental innings against Australia. With an unwavering focus and a herculean effort, Taslim amassed an unbeaten 210 runs, spending a grueling seven hours at the crease. This remarkable feat still remains the highest score by a wicketkeeper in a Test, surpassing the record set by the legendary Andy Flower in 2000-01.

Although Taslim’s batting prowess was undeniable, he faced stiff competition from the immensely talented Wasim Bari, who was widely regarded as a superior wicketkeeper. As a result, Taslim found himself entrusted with the gloves for the remainder of his Test career, playing a total of six matches before retiring. Despite his limited appearances, Taslim boasted an impressive batting average of 62.62, a testament to his proficiency as a batsman.

Taslim Arif’s remarkable performances did not go unnoticed, leading to his surprise signing for the second season of World Series Cricket. Although he was relatively unknown and uncapped, his talent and potential were enough to secure him a place in the prestigious tournament. This opportunity allowed him to showcase his skills on a global stage, rubbing shoulders with some of the finest cricketers of his generation.

Tragically, Taslim Arif’s career was cut short by fate. He passed away on June 12, 2007, at the age of 53 due to a lung infection. His untimely demise left the cricketing community mourning the loss of a true talent and an extraordinary individual.

Taslim Arif Abbasi may have had a brief international career, but his impact on the game and the records he created will forever be etched in the memories of cricket fans. His dedication, skill, and unwavering determination continue to serve as an inspiration for aspiring cricketers worldwide. In his memory, Taslim’s outstanding performances and contributions to the sport will forever be cherished as a testament to his unwavering passion for the game.

Taslim Arif Career Stats

Taslim Arif Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 6 10 2 501 210* 62.62 1042 48.08 1 2 44 0 6 3
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 2 2 0 28 24 14 58 48.27 0 0 - - 1 1
FC 148 251 26 7568 210* 33.63 - - 13 40 - - 312 56
List A 40 39 6 853 113* 25.84 - - 1 4 - - 45 14
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Taslim Arif Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 6 1 30 28 1 1/28 1/28 28 5.6 30 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 148 - 311 212 7 4/46 - 30.28 4.09 44.4 - 0 0
List A 40 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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