Abbas Ali Baig
|Full name||Abbas Ali Baig|
19 March 1939 |
Hyderabad, British India
|Bowling style||Leg break|
|Test debut (cap 93)||23 July 1959 v England|
|Last Test||31 December 1966 v West Indies|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: CricketArchive, 21 November 2012|
Abbas Ali Baig pronunciation (help·info) (born 19 March 1939) is an Indian former cricketer who played in 10 Tests between 1959 and 1967. In a career spanning 21 years, he scored 12,367 runs in first-class cricket at an average of 34.16. He coached Indian cricket team in Tour to Australia in 1991-92 and 1992 Cricket World Cup.
Born in Hyderabad, British India, Baig made his first-class during the 1954–55 Ranji Trophy, against Andhra Pradesh. In his next match against Mysore, he scored 105 and 43 not out. At the end of the tournament, he ended up as his team's second-highest run scorer, scoring 187 runs at an average of 62.33.
In the late 1950s, Baig moved to England and joined the Oxford University. In 1959, he played 15 first-class matches for the university team. During this time, he scored 221 not out and 87 against Free Foresters and broke Derrick De Saram’s aggregate of 283 runs—208 and 75—to become the highest run scorer for the team in a first-class match.[a] It was during this time India toured England. In the fourth match of the series, Baig was "summoned" to play for India, replacing the injured Vijay Manjrekar. Aged 20 years and 131 days, Baig became the youngest Indian cricketer to score a century on debut when he made 112 in India's second innings. It was also the first century by an Indian debutant outside India. Despite another century from Polly Umrigar, India lost the match. However, Baig retained his place in the team for the final match of the series.
Following the series in England, Baig was included in the Indian squad for the home series against Australia later that year. In the second Test at Kanpur, he scored 19 and 36 runs in both the innings. The match marked India's first Test victory against Australia. In the first innings of the next match at Bombay, he scored 50 and was involved in a crucial 133-run partnership with Nari Contractor. Baig followed that with another half-century in the second innings when he made 58. His half-centuries were helped India secure a draw. During a break in India's second innings, when Baig walked to the pavilion along with Ramnath Kenny, he was kissed on his cheek by a young woman spectator. During the event, Baig became the first Indian cricketer to be kissed on the field. Vijay Merchant who was commentating then remarked "I wonder where all these enterprising young ladies were when I was scoring my hundreds and two hundreds." A painting called "The Kissing of Abbas Ali Baig", depicting the incident was featured in Salman Rushdie’s novel The Moor's Last Sigh (1995). Baig's success in the 1959/60 season led to him being named as one of Indian Cricket 's five "Cricketers of the Year".
In the following season, Baig had an unsuccessful outing against Pakistan, managing to score just 34 runs in four innings. This led to him being dropped from the side for the subsequent series'. During this time, it was said he received a hate mail for under performing against fellow Muslims. However, he was impressive in the domestic circuit, scoring heavily in the Ranji and Duleep Trophy tournaments. In 1966, he was included in the team for the home series against West Indies. Baig scored 48 runs in two of the Tests he played in the series. He was dropped again and never played Test cricket. He almost made it to the squad for the 1971 tour of West Indies before being dropped. Following that, he was selected to be a part of the Indian team that toured England in 1971. However, he was not included in the playing eleven for any of the Tests; Ashok Mankad was preferred to Baig.
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