Ghulam Ahmed (cricketer)

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Ghulam Ahmed
Ghulam Ahmed 1952.jpg
Ghulam Ahmed in 1952
Personal information
Born(1922-07-04)4 July 1922
Hyderabad, Hyderabad State, British India
(now in Telangana, India)
Died28 October 1998(1998-10-28) (aged 76)
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
(now in Telangana, India)
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm offbreak
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 22 98
Runs scored 192 1379
Batting average 8.72 14.36
100s/50s -/1 -/5
Top score 50 90
Balls bowled 5650 24263
Wickets 68 407
Bowling average 30.17 22.57
5 wickets in innings 4 32
10 wickets in match 1 9
Best bowling 7/49 9/53
Catches/stumpings 11/- 57/-
Source: [1]

Ghulam Ahmed About this soundpronunciation  (4 July 1922 – 28 October 1998) was an off spin bowler who captained India in Test cricket. After his retirement, he served for many years as the secretary of BCCI.[1]

He played first-class cricket for Hyderabad from 1939-40 to 1958-59, and 22 Tests for India from 1948-49 to 1958-59. He toured England in 1952 and Pakistan in 1954-55. He captained India in one Test against New Zealand in 1955-56, which was drawn, and two Tests against West Indies in 1958-59, both of which India lost.

He was the leading bowler on the 1952 tour, taking 80 wickets in first-class matches at 21.92, and 15 in the four Tests at 24.73. Wisden said he "had days when he looked in the highest world class, but on other occasions he lacked bite".[2] In the first innings of the First Test he bowled 63 overs and took 5 for 100. In the match against Oxford University he took 8 for 84 and 5 for 66.

In the First Test against Pakistan in 1952-53, the inaugural Test between the two neighbours, he took five wickets, and made 50 at number 11, putting on 109 for the tenth wicket with Hemu Adhikari.[3]

In the Third Test against Australia in Calcutta in 1956-57 he took 7 for 49 and 3 for 81, his best Test innings and match figures.[4]

His best match and innings first-class figures came in the match against Madras in the Ranji Trophy in 1947-48, when he took 5 for 28 and 9 for 53. When Holkar made 757 against Hyderabad in 1950-51 he had bowling figures of 92.3-21-245-4.

He managed the Indian team that toured Australia and New Zealand in 1967-68.[5]

He was the uncle of the former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal, and the great-uncle of Indian tennis star Sania Mirza.[6]


  1. ^ Wisden 1999, p. 1478.
  2. ^ Wisden 1953, p. 215.
  3. ^ India v Pakistan, Delhi 1952-53
  4. ^ India v Australia, Calcutta 1956-57
  5. ^ Wisden 1969, p. 838.
  6. ^ Sania and the great cricket connection

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Preceded by
Vinoo Mankad
Indian National Test Cricket Captain
1955/6 (1 Test Match)
Succeeded by
Polly Umrigar
Preceded by
Polly Umrigar
Indian National Test Cricket Captain
Succeeded by
Vinoo Mankad