Syed Mushtaq Ali
Mushtaq Ali 1936.jpg
Personal information
Full nameSyed Mushtaq Ali
Born(1914-12-17)17 December 1914
Indore, Indore State, British India
Died18 June 2005(2005-06-18) (aged 90)
Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 19)5 January 1934 v England
Last Test6 February 1952 v England
Domestic team information
1934–1940Central India
1939Central Provinces and Berar
1941United Provinces
1955Madhya Bharat
1956–1957Uttar Pradesh
1957–1958Madhya Pradesh
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 11 226
Runs scored 612 13,213
Batting average 32.21 35.90
100s/50s 2/3 30/63
Top score 112 233
Balls bowled 378 9,702
Wickets 3 162
Bowling average 67.33 29.34
5 wickets in innings 0 6
10 wickets in match 0 2
Best bowling 1/45 7/108
Catches/stumpings 7/– 160/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 12 March 2019

Syed Mushtaq Ali About this soundpronunciation  (17 December 1914 – 18 June 2005) was an Indian cricketer, a right-handed opening batsman who holds the distinction of scoring the first overseas Test century by an Indian player when he scored 112 against England at Old Trafford in 1936.[1][2] He batted right-handed but was a slow left arm orthodox spin bowler. He bowled frequently enough in domestic matches to be classified as an all-rounder but only occasionally in test matches.[3] Mushtaq Ali was noted for his graceful batting style and a flair which often cost him his wicket by being over-adventurous too soon in an innings.[4]


Mushtaq Ali was the discovery of C. K. Nayudu who observed him at Indore at the age of 13 and helped to develop his cricketing skills.[5]

A Wisden Special Award winner, he scored four first-class hundreds in the 1936 tour. He was an opening or middle order right-hand batsman but hardly played international cricket mainly due to World War II. In total, he played in 11 tests. He made his debut in the test against England at Calcutta, 5–8 Jan 1934, and played his last test against England at Madras, 6–10 Feb 1952, at the age of 38.

Domestic cricket

Mushtaq Ali played extensively for regional team and private clubs when cricket was a young sport in India. He was not only a sporting legend, but a popular superstar of his time, and an icon for the younger generation of Indian youth. Combining with another legend, the cautious yet skilled Vijay Merchant, Mushtaq Ali's aggression and powerful stroke play formed a dynamic and legendary opening partnership for the team for years.

He played for Holkar in the National Championship for the Ranji Trophy along with other stalwarts like C. K. Nayudu. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1964 and made a life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club for his contribution to the game. He died in his sleep, at the age of 90. He is survived by two sons and two daughters. The Indian domestic T20 series is named after him. Mushtaq Ali's son, Gulrez Ali, and his grandson, Abbas Ali, both played first-class cricket.[6]


  • Padma Shri – awarded in 1964
  • Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy – This is a Twenty20 cricket domestic championship in India, organized by Board of Control for Cricket in India, among the teams from Ranji Trophy. The 2008–09 season was the inaugural season for this trophy.[7] [8]


  1. ^ Telegraph, 25
  2. ^ Wisden Obituaries 2006. Syed Mushtaq Ali.
  3. ^ "Syed Mushtaq Ali". Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  4. ^ Telegraph, 25
  5. ^ Das, Sourav (18 August 2014). "C. K. Nayudu - The First Indian Captain Sporteology". Sporteology. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  6. ^ Pandya, Haresh (26 December 2014) "Mushtaq Ali, India's first overseas Test ton scorer," India Abroad, New York, USA. p. A36.
  7. ^ "Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, 2016 matches, scorecards, preview, history, news and statistics – Cricbuzz". Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy". Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  • Smith, Martin (editor). The Promise of Endless Summer (Cricket Lives from the Daily Telegraph). Aurum (2013).

External links

  • Media related to Mushtaq Ali at Wikimedia Commons
  • Syed Mushtaq Ali at ESPNcricinfo
  • Obituary from
  • "He played five-day cricket like one-day cricket": video feature from Cricinfo