|Full name||Syed Mushtaq Ali|
17 December 1914|
Indore, Madhya Pradesh, india
|Died||18 June 2005
Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|Test debut (cap 19)||5 January 1934 v England|
|Last Test||6 February[Mushtaq Ali] 1952 v England|
Syed Mushtaq Ali pronunciation (help·info) (17 December 1914 – 18 June 2005) was a former Indian cricketer, and an aggressive Test batsman. Ali holds the distinction of scoring the first Test century by any Indian overseas, when he hit a ton for the team in 1936 at Manchester in England.
A Wisden Special Award winner, he scored four first class hundreds in the 1936 tour. He was an opening or middle order right-hand batsman and a slow left-arm bowler.
Ali played extensively for regional team and private clubs when cricket was a young sport in India. He was not only a sporting legend, but a popular superstar of his time, and an icon for the younger generation of Indian youth. Combining with another legend, the cautious yet skilled Vijay Merchant, Ali's aggression and powerful strokeplay formed a dynamic and legendary opening partnership for the team for years.
He played for Holkar in the National Championship for the Ranji Trophy along with other stalwarts like C K Nayudu. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1964 and made a life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club for his contribution to the game. He died in his sleep, at the age of 90. He is survived by two sons and two daughters. The Indian domestic T20 series is named after him. Mushtaq's son, Gulrez Ali, and his grandson, Abbas Ali, both played first-class cricket.
He is a popular figure in Indian cricket.
- Haresh Pandya, "Mushtaq Ali, India's first overseas Test ton scorer," India Abroad, New York, NY USA. December 26, 2014, p. A36.
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