In today’s biography section, we are going to remember the great Abdul Qadir Khan who started the legacy of leg-spin bowling in Pakistan. He was widely regarded as the magician of his time as he used to make the red-cherry talk with his leg-spinners and googlies.
He was born on 15th September 1955 in Lahore and he was a genuine match-winner for Pakistan. The great leg-spinner expired last year on the 6th of September leaving the cricketing world in much sadness.
As we have discussed before, the great Abdul Qadir was born in Lahore and he has four sons playing cricket actively in Pakistan.
Usman Qadir, the younger son of Abdul Qadir has represented the Pakistan U19 side in two World Cups and he was also picked in the T20 team that toured Australia last year. However, Usman remained on the bench throughout the tour.
With fifteen five-wicket hauls, Abdul Qadir claimed 236 Test wickets at an average of 32. He played for Pakistan in 67 Test matches and his best figures in a Test match innings are 9-56. In 104 ODI matches, Qadir picked 132 wickets for Pakistan at a very decent average of 26.
He was also quite handy with the bat and played some crucial cameos for Pakistan in crunch situations. He has two hundreds and 8 first-class half-centuries to his name.
Abdul Qadir was one of the all-time greats of Pakistan and he expired last year in Lahore because of cardiac arrest. He was not only a magician with the bowl but he was an inspiration to all the young leg-spinners of the world. Shane Warne also admitted that Abdul Qadir was the one who actually taught him how to bowl a proper googly.
Qadir is a national icon and he has a 13-year international career. He played at that time in 67 tests and 104 ODIs. He was second among Pakistan’s top all-time spinners, behind Danish Kaneria, with his 236 test wickets. In ODIs, he claimed 132 wickets including two 5-wicket-hauls at an average of 26.
In their 1987 tour of England, Qadir became Pakistan’s hero when they won their first series in England. In the fifth test, his efforts included a 10/211 match-haul that helped Pakistan retain its lead and win the series.
Later, on a return tour that same year, when England visited Pakistan, Qadir again destroyed the opposition, snatching 30 wickets in three matches. It included both his best career numbers, 9/56, and 13/101 as the best match haul.