Abdul Qadir, Former Magical Spin Bowler
Abdul Qadir is a former Pakistani international cricketer who was born on 15 September 1955 in Lahore. He was a leg spin bowler and his specialty was googlies. He was also expert of the flippers, the leg-breaks and the topspins. He is widely regarded as a top spin bowler of his generation and known as the dancing bowler due to his peculiar bowling style.
Abdul Qadir played 67 Test and 104 One Day International matches between 1977 and 1993. He also leaded the Pakistan cricket team in five ODIs. His best performance in test career was 30 wickets for 437 runs, in series against England in 1987. Five wickets for 44 runs against Sri Lanka in 1983 Cricket World Cup, remained his best performance in one days. He played two world cups 1983 and 1987 Cricket World Cups.
Qadir rised from first class cricket. He played 209 first-class matches and took 960 wickets with an average of 23.24. He played first-class cricket for Lahore, Punjab and Habib Bank Limited cricket teams during 1975–95. He made his debut for Habib Bank against United Bank Limited at the National Stadium during the 1975–76 season. He took seven wickets in the match conceding 93 runs, including six wickets for 67 runs in the first innings. Playing for Lahore C, he took six for 17 against Bahawalpur, his best bowling figures of the season.
During his first-class career, he achieved five or more wickets in an innings on seventy-five occasions, and ten or more wickets in a match twenty-one times. He also scored two centuries and eight half centuries in first-class cricket. His best bowling figures for an innings were nine wickets for 56 runs, whereas his best performance for a match was 13 wickets for 101 runs. As a batsman, he scored 3,740 runs averaged 18.33 from 247 innings. He also scored two centuries and eight fifties.
Abdul Qadir made his Test debut against England in December 1977, at his Gaddafi Stadium. He took one wicket in the solitary innings and made 11 runs in the only innings he played. In the second innings of the second Test played at the Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad, he took his first five-wicket haul six wickets for 44 runs in 24 overs. He remained highest wicket taker of the series, taking 12 wickets in three matches conceding 305 runs.
He played Test series, in England in 1978, where he had to face an injury-plagued let-down, but he was a strong and established force by his return in 1982, when his six wickets in the Lord’s Test played a major role in a historic Pakistani victory. Qadir’s first significant performance came in the 1982–83 series against Australia, taking seven wickets for 156 runs and 11 wickets for 218 runs in the first two Test matches. He was man of the match in both the matches. He played his last Test against the West Indies in December 1990 at the Gaddafi Stadium.
Abdul Qadir played his first one day international against New Zealand at Edgbaston during 1983 Cricket World Cup. He took four wickets for 21 runs in 12 overs and got man of the match award. He took 12 wickets for 264 runs in the tournament with an average of 22.00, including a five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka at Headingly, Leeds. He played eight matches and took 15 wickets In the 1983–84 World Series Cup. Then in the 1985–86 home season, he took six wickets against Sri Lanka, and five wickets against the West Indies including four wickets for 17 runs at the Gaddafi Stadium. Qadir’s eight wickets in six matches were the second highest figures against India in 1986–87. (Also see, Wasim Akram, a living legend)
Qadir played his last ODI against Sri Lanka at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium in 1993. After his retirement he performed as a commentator. Later on he became the Chief Selector of the Pakistan Cricket Board, from which post he resigned because of differences with the top management of cricket board.