Nazir Ali

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Nazir Ali
Personal information
Full name Syed Nazir Ali
Born (1906-06-08)8 June 1906[1]
Jullundur (now Jalandhar), Punjab, India
Died 18 February 1975(1975-02-18) (aged 68)[1]
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Batting style Right-hand batsman (RHB)
Bowling style Right-arm fast medium bowler
Relations Wazir Ali (brother)
Khalid Ali (nephew)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 8) 25 June 1932 v England
Last Test 10 February 1934 v England
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 2 75
Runs scored 30 3,440
Batting average 7.50 30.17
100s/50s 0/0 7/15
Top score 13 197
Balls bowled 138 8,360
Wickets 4 158
Bowling average 20.75 25.49
5 wickets in innings - 6
10 wickets in match - 0
Best bowling 4/83 7/93
Catches/stumpings 0 48
Source: [1]

Syed Nazir Ali About this sound pronunciation  (8 June 1906, Jullundur, Punjab – 18 February 1975, Lahore) was a prominent player from the early days of Indian cricket.[1]

The 1932 Indian Test Cricket team that toured England. Nazir Ali is seen sitting fifth on the bench starting with his brother, Syed Wazir Ali on the extreme left, C. K. Nayudu, the Maharaja of Porbandar (Captain), K. S. Limbdi (Vice-captain).

Nazir Ali was an attacking right-handed batsman, a fast-medium bowler and a good fielder. He was younger brother of Wazir Ali.

When MCC toured India in 1926/27, he impressed the MCC captain Arthur Gilligan who suggested that Nazir should qualify for Sussex. Some months later Nazir Ali wakened up the secretary of Sussex at 1 am asking for hospitality or to be sent where he could find it. [2].

Nazir was lucky to have a patron in the Maharaja of Patiala who sent him to England to study electrical engineering. There he represented Sussex once and played in other matches, resuming his career in India four years later.

He played in India's first Test match in 1932 scoring 13 and 6 and picked up an injury while fielding during England's second innings. He scored 1020 runs and took 23 wickets in the tour. Nazir's most memorable feat was perhaps the 52, with five fours and three sixes, that he scored against Yorkshire out of India's 66 all out [3]. No other batsmen scored more than three in that inning. This is still the lowest first class total to include an individual fifty.

Nazir played one other Test, against England at Madras in 1933/34. After 1947, he settled in Pakistan and was an administrator.


  • ^ Christopher Martin-Jenkins, The Complete Who's Who of Test Cricketers

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