Nyron Asgarali

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Nyron Asgarali
Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 2 50
Runs scored 62 2761
Batting average 15.50 32.86
100s/50s 0/0 7/8
Top score 29 141*
Balls bowled 0 unknown
Wickets 0 23
Bowling average - 42.00
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - -
Best bowling - 4/72
Catches/stumpings 0/0 29/0
Source: [1]

Nyron Sultan Asgarali (28 December 1920, Saint James, Trinidad – 5 November 2006, Trinidad) was a former West Indian cricketer who played in two Tests in 1957.

Asgarali was a right-handed opening batsman and an occasional medium-paced bowler whose first-class cricket career lasted more than 20 years, but included only 50 matches, 21 of them on the 1957 West Indies tour of England. Apart from 1957, he never played more than three first-class matches in any single season.

Asgarali was 30 before he made a first-class century, but then made several in inter-island and other matches for Trinidad and Tobago. He also spent several years playing Lancashire League cricket and his knowledge of English conditions was probably a contributory factor in his selection for the 1957 tour. The tour marked the transition between the early 1950s batting dominance of the Three Ws (Everton Weekes, Clyde Walcott and Frank Worrell) and the emergence of new talent in Garfield Sobers, Rohan Kanhai and Collie Smith, and Asgarali was seen as a back-up rather than a front-line batsman. But consistent scoring in county games, plus unexpected defeat in the first Test at Edgbaston, led to him being called up for the second match at Lord's. He made a first-innings duck, and, batting at No 4, a second-innings 26, and was then dropped. Recalled for the final Test at The Oval, he made his highest Test score of 29 out of a total of 89 – Worrell was dismissed early, but Asgarali and Sobers, who made 39, took the score to 68 before the second wicket fell, so the last nine wickets fell for just 21 runs.

On the 1957 tour as a whole, Asgarali made 1,011 runs at an average just below 30.

Asgarali made no further Test appearances, though he played in first-class games in Trinidad into his 40s. His son, Gregory, was also a first-class cricketer for Trinidad and Tobago.

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