He is perhaps one of the very few gentlemen in the history of Pakistan cricket to have earned praise from all over the world. Syed Zaheer Abbas Kirmani was born in a Punjabi family in Sialkot on the 24th of July 1947. He was one of the very few players in the history of the game who use to play with spectacles on while batting. Zaheer was not only stylish but he was consistent and brave as well.
Zaheer Abbas made his Test match debut in 1969 and he rose to fame in his 2nd Test match only. He took the English crowd by storm when he played the best innings of his life against the hosts. Abbas’ 274 against England in his 2nd Test match is still the 6th highest Test match score by a Pakistani batsman.
Performances away from home always bring a lot of fame and popularity and Zaheer certainly got that with his gripping performances outside the subcontinent.
During the early 80s, Zaheer Abbas was the talk of the town everywhere as his exploits with the bat used to bring him a lot of fame and attention.
He was a handsome young man who had taken the cricketing world by surprise with his unorthodox style of play with minimum footwork. Zaheer was known as the crisis man of Pakistan as he used to come in and rebuild the innings after early losses.
Zaheer Abbas is one of the few Pakistan celebrities who had decided to marry outside the country and bring and Indian wife to Pakistan. In 1988, he married an Indian woman Rita Luthra who later converted to Islam and now she’s known as Sameena Abbas.
In 1971, Zaheer was awarded pride of performance award by the government of Pakistan. He had scored 100 first-class centuries and he reached his 100th first-class ton during a Test match. Zaheer also scored four double-centuries in his career and his last double hundred came in against India where he scored 215 in 1983.
In 78 Test matches, Zaheer scored 12 Test centuries and 20 half-centuries with a healthy average of 44.79. He had a first-class average of 51 and he had scored over 34 thousand runs in first-class cricket as well. Zaheer was indeed one of the greats Pakistan has ever produced and he will continue to inspire many with his belligerent performances in the past.