Pride of Pakistan – Abdul Qadir
Abdul Qadir is considered one of the best leg spinners of the world. He revived the art of leg spinning in the 80s.
The Lahore born Abdul Qadir made his debut against England in 1977 but his lackluster performance failed to make his presence felt. In 1978 his performance in his 2nd test series was hampered by injury. However being a spirited guy, he made a tremendous comeback in 1982 and played a crucial part in Pakistan’s success against England. Abdul Qadir took six wickets in the test match played at Lords.
Incidentally Abdul Qadir’s best performances have been against England. In 1987 Pakistan won its first ever series against England on the English soil. Abdul Qadir contributed to this victory by taking 19 wickets in the three test series. He captured 10 wickets at the Kennington Oval. Again against England he took 9 wickets for 56 runs; this is also the best innings performance by any Pakistani bowler so far.
In a first class career spanning over two decades, Abdul Qadir took 960 wickets. Although he was not much of a batsman, Abdul Qadir at times surprised every one with his powerful batting.
Abdul Qadir had an interesting rather funny bowling action. He himself confessed that he adopted this particular style to distract the batsman. A gifted bowler, he disguised his deliveries and often left the batsman clueless. Qadir produced so much variation in bowling which made him quite unpredictable.
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