Abdul Qadir (cricketer)

Abdul Qadir (cricketer)

Infobox Cricketer

nationality = Pakistani
country = Pakistan
country abbrev = PAK
name = Abdul Qadir
picture = Cricket_no_pic.pngbatting style = Right-handed batsman (RHB)
bowling style = Right-arm Leg spin (RLS)
tests = 67
test runs = 1029
test bat avg = 15.59
test 100s/50s = 0/3
test top score = 61
test overs = 2854.2
test wickets = 236
test bowl avg = 32.80
test 5s = 15
test 10s = 5
test best bowling = 9/56
test catches/stumpings = 15c
ODIs = 104
ODI runs = 641
ODI bat avg = 15.26
ODI 100s/50s = 0/0
ODI top score = 41*
ODI overs = 850
ODI wickets = 132
ODI bowl avg = 26.16
ODI 5s = 2
ODI best bowling = 5/44
ODI catches/stumpings = 21c
date = 2 November
year = 1993
source = http://content.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/player/38973.html Cricinfo

Abdul Qadir Khan (Urdu: عبد القادر خان) (born September 15, 1955 in Lahore, Punjab) is a former Pakistani international cricketer and later commentator. His main role was as a leg spin bowler.

Playing career

Abdul Qadir made his first-class debut in the Pakistan local competition during the 1975/76 season and, within two years, his Test debut on his home ground in Lahore against England in December 1977.

Natural talent combined with aggression and passion made Qadir one of the most successful spinners of his era. He had a distinct run-up, bounding in to the crease, and a great variety of deliveries: there was the orthodox leg-break, the topspinner, two googlies and the flipper. He was unique for bowling leg spin at a time when it was not only rare but considered obsolete, and he kept the torch alight for a generation of leg spinners. His fervent appeals made him a great favourite with the spectators.

Qadir's second Test series, in England in 1978, was an injury-plagued let-down, but he was a strong and established force by his return in 1982, when his six wickets in the Lord's Test played a major role in a historic Pakistani victory.

In 1982/83, Qadir picked up 22 wickets in just three Tests as Pakistan made a clean sweep of its home rubber against Australia. Qadir became the first bowler to take 100 wickets in a Pakistani season.

Qadir took nineteen wickets in three Tests the following season as Pakistan cruised to its first-ever series triumph over England. At the Kennington Oval in 1987, his ten-wicket haul ensured another series win, this time "in" England.

Three months later, Qadir brought his art to an all new level, taking nine for 56 (an innings record for a Pakistani bowler in Test cricket) and four for 45 in a Test against England at Lahore. During this crusade, he moved past the 200-wicket mark, becoming the first man from his country ever to do so.

Qadir played first-class cricket for twenty years, finishing with 960 wickets at the bowling average of 23.24. He was not shy of authority and frequently rebelled against it. His bowling and character are among the most zealous ever known in Test cricket.




Pakistani first-class

*Habib Bank Limited

Career highlights


Test Debut: vs England, Lahore, 1977/78
Last Test: vs West Indies, Lahore, 1990/91
*Qadir's best Test batting score of 61 was made against England, Karachi, 1987/88
*His best Test bowling figures of 9 for 56 came against England, Lahore, 1987/88

One-day internationals

ODI Debut: vs New Zealand, Birmingham, 1983 World Cup
Last ODI: vs Sri Lanka, Sharjah, 1993/94
*Qadir's best ODI batting score of 41 not out was made against New Zealand, Birmingham, 1983 World Cup
*His best ODI bowling figures of 5 for 44 came against Sri Lanka, Leeds, 1983 World Cup
*His ODI captaincy record: 5 matches, 1 win, 4 losses


*Qadir's best first-class batting score was 112
*His best first-class bowling figures were 9 for 49

List A Limited Overs

*Qadir's best List A batting score was 41 not out
*His best List A bowling figures were 5 for 31

External links and references

* [http://content.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/player/38973.html Cricinfo player profile of Abdul Qadir]
* [http://www.howstat.com.au/cricket/Statistics/Players/PlayerOverview_ODI.asp?PlayerID=1408 HowSTAT! statistical profile of Abdul Qadir]
* [http://members.tripod.com/~PAKSTAR/qadir.htm Fan site on Abdul Qadir]

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