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One of the few unfortunate men who still watches Test Cricket on TV.

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His record of 63 wickets in 18 tests wasn’t bad at all given that a good number of those were in the subcontinent. But, the arrival of Wasim ended his chances. Never seemed a great favorite of Imran either.

A tribute to Abdul Qadir

I just checked the scorecards of the tests of the 1983-84 season, and with Greg Matthews making his debut at MCG in the 4th test; Aus had 6 left handers in their top 8.

A tribute to Abdul Qadir

Not everybody is thinking along that line right now.

A tribute to Abdul Qadir

The 1983 84 series saw the Aussies win by 2-0. It was the last hurrah for Kim Hughes, both as a player and as a captain.

A tribute to Abdul Qadir

With the tigers humiliated at chittagong by the Afghans, right now I feel lot happier dwelling with the past than the present.

A tribute to Abdul Qadir

One of my funniest memories in cricket involves Abdul Qadir, albeit in an indirect way. In Jan, 1987, the Pak and the Indian team played out at high scoring drawn test at Madras. It wasn’t a happy match for Qadir, as the local boy Krish Srikkanth smashed him in all parts of the ground on his way to a blazing hundred.
With the match heading for a draw, Kapil, the Indian captain asked Gavaskar to bowl the final over of the match. after bowling the first five deliveries normally, Sunny decided to mimic Qadir in his final delivery. His acting was brilliant-looking at the field before the ball, his tossing the ball from one hand to another; and the best part was the follow through. Sunny deserved an Oscar for his acting.

A tribute to Abdul Qadir

This match no doubt gave Gavaska, the Indian captain some idea. During the World Championship of cricket in Aus in 1985, he successfully used the leggie ShivaRamaKrishnan. Siva was just a teen at the time and he was a wonderful talent; but his indiscipline lifestyle meant that his international career ended even before he was 22.

A tribute to Abdul Qadir

Yes, you are right. Of course as usual with the Pak team, there were one or two dropped catches, and missed run outs. There were plenty of ahs and oohs before the Windies eventually reached the target.

A tribute to Abdul Qadir

One of my favorite memories of Abdul Qadir came at the Adelaide Oval in Jan 1984 against WI. Batting first the Paks scored only 177/8 from the 50 overs. But then Javed Miandad, the acting Pak captain, introduced the leggie Wasim Raja in the 5th over of the WI innings; and together he and Qadir destroyed the Windies middle order. They took 6 wickets (3 a piece) conceding only 67 runs from their 20 overs.At the end, the Windies won by 1 wicket with 5 balls to go; MOM Malcolm Marshall scoring an unbeaten half century. But, Richie Benaud was full of praise for the boldness shown by the Pak team.

A tribute to Abdul Qadir

Yes, the Aussies at the time always felt that he was a spin bowler with a fast bowler’s mindset.

A tribute to Abdul Qadir

Yes, that 9 wicket haul was a brilliant effort; but sadly almost everything in that series was overshadowed by the umpiring controversies.
I personally rate his 7/96 at the Oval as his best effort. It was a great contest between the bat and the ball because the wicket was fair to both batters and bowlers. There was good bounce and good pace; the stroke-makers got full value for their shots.
Qadir, however, disappointed on the final day.

A tribute to Abdul Qadir

Nice article. Enjoyed it.

The bizarre incident that marked the first-ever Lord's Test match

Off Topic: Shamim kabir, the 1st captain of Bangladesh has passed away on 29th July. He captained Ban against MCC at Dacca in Jan 1977.

My memories of Ireland cricket

I would like to know the Eoin Morgan situation. Is he qualified to play for the Irish test team?

Where do Ireland go from here?

Come on You Greens. Finish it off on the 2nd day.

England humiliated by Ireland - 85 all out

Very interesting point regarding established test match batsmen doing well in these conditions. certainly, in these conditions at least, the ODI game appeared closer to the longer versions than the T20 game.

The unsatisfied expectations from the 2019 World Cup

Cricket in Zim; Rest in Peace.

The ICC must not let Zimbabwe wither

Zin really needed to qualify for the 2019 WC to give their ailing cricket some boost. They came within a whisker of realizing their goal but at the end fell just short.

The ICC must not let Zimbabwe wither

The Decline of Zim and Kenya cricket over the last two decades has been a sad story.

The ICC must not let Zimbabwe wither

I think ICC is going to let Zim wither.

The ICC must not let Zimbabwe wither

And as for the Kiwi fans and many neutrals- there is another unfulfilled hope-lifting the WC.

The unsatisfied expectations from the 2019 World Cup

Thanks for your thoughtful comments Paul. Certainly agree with the pitch thing; I think it favored certain type pf batsmen more than the others.
Regarding the timing of the WC i don’t think they had much option, the EPL is starting in early August; already the teams have started their tours to Asia and other parts. So, the organizers didn’t have much choice in this regard I feel.

The unsatisfied expectations from the 2019 World Cup

Whenever England win something big; there is some controversy around. Geoff Hurst Goal in 1966 and now this Ben Stoke ‘Six’. Or was it a ‘five’?

Final outrage valid, but also a veneer for the bitter

Nocholas Pooran is someone I expect to hear a lot about in the future.

The Roar's 2019 Cricket World Cup awards: Player of the tournament to biggest disappointment and everything in between

They may not have won the WC, but the Kiwis have got some thousands of new fans here in Bangladesh. Everyone I met today has felt a bit of Sympathy for Williamson’s men.

England win World Cup final in thrilling super over finish against New Zealand