Zaheer Abbas

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Zaheer Abbas
ظہیر عباس
Personal information
Full nameSyed Zaheer Abbas
Born (1947-07-24) 24 July 1947 (age 71)
Sialkot, Punjab, British India
(now Pakistan)
BattingRight-handed batsman
BowlingRight-arm offbreak
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 63)24 October 1969 v New Zealand
Last Test27 October 1985 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 13)31 August 1974 v England
Last ODI3 November 1985 v Sri Lanka
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC
Matches 78 62 459
Runs scored 5062 2572 34843
Batting average 44.79 47.62 51.54
100s/50s 12/20 7/13 108/158
Top score 274 153 274
Balls bowled 370 280 2582
Wickets 3 7 30
Bowling average 44.00 31.85 38.20
5 wickets in innings 1
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 2/21 2/26 5/15
Catches/stumpings 34/- 16/- 278/-
Source: CricketArchive, 6 November 2005

Syed Zaheer Abbas Kirmani (in Punjabi and Urdu: سید ظہیر عباس کرمانی; born 24 July 1947), popularly known as Zaheer Abbas, is a former Pakistani cricketer. He is among few professional cricketers who used to wear spectacles. In 1982/1983, he became the first batsman to score three consecutive centuries in one-day internationals.[1]. Known as the Asian Bradman, Zaheer Abbas is regarded as one of the finest batsmen in the history of cricket.[2][3][4]

Career[edit]

Abbas made his Test match debut in 1969, and in his second Test he scored 274 against England, still the fourth ever highest score by a Pakistani batsman. This was the first of four Test double-centuries that Abbas made; only two men from Pakistan (Younis Khan & Javed Miandad) have scored more.[5] The last was an innings of 215 against India in 1983, the first of three centuries in consecutive Tests, and his hundredth first-class century; Abbas and Geoffrey Boycott are the only two batsmen to have scored their hundredth first-class century in a Test match.[6]

Abbas, fondly called the "Run Machine", also had great success in first-class cricket, and was the first Asian batsman to score one hundred first-class centuries.[7] He had a long stint with Gloucestershire county club; joining the county in 1972, he remained there for thirteen years. During that time he scored over a thousand runs in the majority of his thirteen seasons. He also made over two thousand runs in a single season on two occasions for the club (1976 and 1981). During those thirteen years at Gloucestershire, he played 206 first-class games, scoring over 16,000 runs. He averaged 49.79, hitting 49 hundreds and 76 fifties. Abbas is the only player to have scored a century and double century in a first-class match 4 times, finishing each of the 8 innings not out.[8]

Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian Test captain, once said while commentating that the Indian players would often say to Zaheer, "Zaheer Ab-bas karo", which means "Zaheer, stop it now" in Urdu and Hindi, referring to Abbas' free scoring.

Abbas had two stints as captain of the national team in 1981 and 1984. He retired from international cricket in 1985, and has officiated as a match referee in one Test and three ODI matches. He has also worked as the manager of the national team. In 2015 he became ICC president, the third cricketer after Colin Cowdrey and Clyde Walcott, to hold the post.[9]

Zaheer Abbas holds the record for scoring the most number of runs by any batsman in a 4 match ODI series (346 runs) in 1982.[10]

Zaheer Abbas's career performance graph.


Career highlights[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Zaheer Abbas's Test Centuries
No. Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
1. 274 2  England Birmingham, England Edgbaston 1971
2. 240 15  England London, England The Oval 1974
3. 101 21  Australia Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 1976
4. 176 27  India Faislabad, Pakistan Iqbal Stadium 1978
5. 235* 28  India Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 1978
6. 135 31  New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 1979
7. 134 46  Sri Lanka Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 1982
8. 126 51  Australia Faislabad, Pakistan Iqbal Stadium 1982
9. 215 53  India Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 1982
10. 186 54  India Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 1982
11. 168 55  India Faislabad, Pakistan Iqbal Stadium 1983
12. 168* 70  India Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 1984

One Day International centuries[edit]

Zaheer Abbas's One Day International Centuries
No. Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
1. 108 20  Australia Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 1981
2. 123 26  Sri Lanka Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 1982
3. 109 31  Australia Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 1982
4. 118 34  India Multan, Pakistan Multan Cricket Stadium 1982
5. 105 35  India Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 1982
6. 113 36  India Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 1983
7. 103* 42  New Zealand Nottingham, England Trent Bridge 1983

International awards[edit]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Sri Lanka Trent Bridge, Nottingham 14 June 1975 97 (89 balls, 10x4, 1x6); 2 Ct.  Pakistan won by 192 runs.[11]
2 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 9 January 1982 84 (113 balls)  Pakistan won by 25 runs.[12]
3 Australia Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 8 October 1982 109 (95 balls: 12x4, 2x6) ; 2–0–12–0  Pakistan won by 28 runs.[13]
4 India Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium, Multan 17 December 1982 118 (86 balls: 10x4, 4x6) ; 4–0–33–2  Pakistan won by 37 runs.[14]
5 India National Stadium, Karachi 21 January 1983 DNB ; 113 (99 balls: 11x4, 3x6)  Pakistan won by 8 wickets.[15]
6 England Lord's, London 13 June 1983 83 (104 balls: 7x4, 1x6) ; DNB  England won by 8 wickets.[16]
7 England Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 9 March 1984 DNB ; 59* (37 balls: 6x4)  Pakistan won by 6 wickets.[17]
8 New Zealand Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium, Multan 7 December 1984 6–0–35–1 ; 73 (62 balls: 9x4)  Pakistan won by 1 wicket.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hundreds in consecutive innings espncricinfo.com Retrieved 17 March 2012
  2. ^ "Zaheer Abbas". Cricinfo.
  3. ^ Vaidya, Nishad Pai (24 July 2015). "Zaheer Abbas: 10 anecdotes about the Asian Bradman".
  4. ^ "Asian Bradman Zaheer Abbas celebrating 70th birthday today - Samaa TV". www.samaa.tv.
  5. ^ "Test Records – Most double hundreds in a career".
  6. ^ "1st Test, India tour of Pakistan at Lahore, Dec 10-15 1982 - Match Summary - ESPNCricinfo". ESPNcricinfo.
  7. ^ "Most centuries in first-class cricket".
  8. ^ Lynch, Steven. "How many people have scored a double-century and a hundred in the same first-class match?". Ask Steven - Cricinfo.com. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  9. ^ Abbasi, Kamran (August 13, 2015). "In praise of Zed". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  10. ^ "HowSTAT! ODI Cricket – Most Runs in Series". www.howstat.com. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  11. ^ "1975 Prudential World Cup – 12th Match – Pakistan v Sri Lanka – Nottingham".
  12. ^ "1981–1982 Benson & Hedges World Series Cup – 9th Match – Australia v Pakistan – Melbourne".
  13. ^ "1982–1983 Pakistan v Australia – 2nd Match – Lahore".
  14. ^ "1982–1983 Pakistan v India – 2nd Match – Multan".
  15. ^ "1982–1983 Pakistan v India – 4th Match – Karachi".
  16. ^ "1983 Prudential World Cup – 9th Match – England v Pakistan – London".
  17. ^ "1983–1984 Pakistan v England – 1st Match – Lahore".
  18. ^ "1984–1985 Pakistan v New Zealand – 4th Match – Multan".

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Javed Miandad
Pakistan Cricket Captain
1981–1982
Succeeded by
Imran Khan
Preceded by
Sarfraz Nawaz
Pakistan Cricket Captain
1984–1985
Succeeded by
Imran Khan
Preceded by
Mustafa Kamal
President of the ICC
2015–2016
Succeeded by
Position abolished[1]