10Syed Abid Ali
An athletic, brisk medium pace bowler who exuded energy to others in the field, Syed Abid Ali, was born on the 9th of September 1941 in Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh. He represented Hyderabad state team in the domestic tournament and was picked for the Indian team replacing the injured captain M. A. K. Pataudi, for the Indian tour of Australia in December 1967.
Ali was a right arm medium pace bowler and a right handed middle order batsman. His debut was the first Test of the Australian tour played at Adelaide. Australia decided to bat first after winning the toss and set a total of 335 in the first innings with most of their top order batsmen contributing with half centuries. Abid Ali was the only bowler who stood as a barrier for the Aussies to reach a massive score. Had it not been for Ali’s magical figures of 6 for 55, the Kangaroos would have made a 500 plus score. He dismissed almost all the top scoring batsmen on the Aussie line-up not letting them continue for long. In reply, India compiled a competitive total of 307 and Abid Ali made his contribution in the middle order with a valuable 33 runs. Australia, batting in the second innings, set a target of 398 runs for India but they fell 146 runs short. Again in the second innings Ali scored 33 runs with the bat.His figures remained best by an Indian on debut for 21 years until Narendra Hirwani broke it in 1988. Later on he served as the coach for Hyderabad state team, UAE national team and the Maldivian team.