Alimuddin (Cricketer)

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Alimuddin was the first batsman to score a hundred at National Cricket Stadium in Karachi against India, in a low-scoring match in 1955. He played 25 Tests for Pakistan, before retiring and moving to England where he worked in Heathrow Airport for PIA .[1] Alimuddin

Title Description
Personal
Name: Alimuddin
Famous As: Crickter
Nationality: Pakistani
Religion: Islam
Profession: Crickter
Best Bowling First Class: 4/33
Best Bowling Test: 1/17
Matches: 25 (1954-1962)
Last Test : 26 July 1962 v England
Test debut (cap 15) : 10 June 1954 v England
Batting: Right-handed
Bowling : Right-arm leg-break
Role : Batsman
Born
Date: 15 December 1930
Place: Ajmer, British India
Died
Date: 12 July 2012
Rest Place: Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, London, England
Career
National Side: Pakistan


Biography

Alimuddin was a burley opening batsman who preferred attack to defence and an outstanding fielder. He made his mark at an early age, appearing for Rajasthan in the pre-partition Ranji Trophy when aged 12 year and 73 days, the youngest person to play in a first-class match. He top-scored in his first innings, albeit with 13, and then was second top score in the second innings with 27. Eleven years later, on Pakistan's first tour of England in 1954, he started with a hundred at Worcester and a second one against Cambridge but his form fell away and in three Tests he managed only 51 runs. 

Bounced Back

He bounced back to be the best batsman on either side in Pakistan's first home series, against India in 1954-55, but he rarely found his best form thereafter, losing his place in the West Indies, but hitting back with a Test-best 109 and 53 against England at Karachi in 1961-62. After captaining Karachi B, he became the national coach before moving to London to work for Pakistan International Airlines. [2]  Bounced Back 

Illness

He had lungs and heart problems, and was also on dialysis. His international career lasted eight years, ending in 1962. He would have played more matches, had it not been for the presence of other quality openers like Nazar Mohammad and Hanif Mohammad. After partition, he stayed back in India to play the 1947-48 season, but later migrated to Karachi.[3]  Illness 

Family

Alimuddin had a cricketing family with two of his brothers, Azimuddin and Salimuddin. He remained unmarried all his life, working to support his sister and brothers.[4]  Family 

Partner

Alimuddin remained an able partner of the living legend Hanif Mohammad in opening the innings for Pakistan, for quite some time. Their entry in the ground would be made more exciting and dramatic for the radio listeners by the ace cricket commentator Omer Qureshi.Alimuddin played test cricket during a time when cricket was still a gentleman’s game and he himself was the one..[5]  Partner 

First Batsman

Alimuddin was also the first batsman to score a hundred at National Cricket Stadium in Karachi against India, in a low-scoring match in 1955. He played 25 Tests for Pakistan, before retiring and moving to England where he worked in Heathrow Airport for Pakistan International Airlines.[6]  First Batsman 

Batting

Innings: 45
Not Outs: 2
Aggregate: 1091
Highest Score: 109
Average: 25.37
50s: 7
100s: 2
200s: 0
300s: 0
Ducks: 6
Pairs: 0
4s: 52
6s: 0
Balls Faced: 0
Scoring Rate N/A
Opened Batting: 35

Bowling

Overs: 14.0
Balls: 84
Maidens: 0
Runs Conceded: 75
Wickets: 1
Average: 75.00
5 Wickets in Innings: 0
10 Wickets in Match: 0
Best - Innings: 1/17
Best - Match: 1/17
None for 100 0
Economy Rate: 5.36
Strike Rate: 84.00

Fielding

Catches: 8
Most Catches in Innings: 2
Most Catches in Match: 2

Career statistics

Test debut England v Pakistan at Lord's, Jun 10-15, 1954 
Last Test England v Pakistan at Nottingham, Jul 26-31, 1962 
First-class span 1942/43 - 1967/68

Died

Alimuddin the former Test opener died aged 81 in London after protracted illness.[7]  Died 

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