Zaheer Abbas


Syed Zaheer Abbas Kirmani PP, (in Punjabi and Urdu: سید ظہیر عباس کرمانی; born 24 July 1947), popularly known as Zaheer Abbas, is a Pakistani former cricketer. He is among the few professional cricketers who used to wear spectacles in the cricket ground. In 1982/1983, he became the first batsman to score three consecutive centuries in one-day internationals.[1] Sometimes known as 'the Asian Bradman', Zaheer Abbas is regarded as one of the finest batsmen in the history of cricket.[2][3][4] In August 2020, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.[5]

Zaheer Abbas
ظہیر عباس

Personal information
Full name
Syed Zaheer Abbas
Born (1947-07-24) 24 July 1947 (age 76)
Sialkot, Punjab, British India
BowlingRight-arm offbreak
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 63)24 October 1969 v New Zealand
Last Test27 October 1985 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 13)31 August 1974 v England
Last ODI3 November 1985 v Sri Lanka
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC
Matches 78 62 457
Runs scored 5,062 2,572 34,843
Batting average 44.79 47.62 51.54
100s/50s 12/20 7/13 108/158
Top score 274 123 274
Balls bowled 370 280 2,582
Wickets 3 7 30
Bowling average 44.00 31.85 38.20
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/21 2/26 5/15
Catches/stumpings 34/– 16/– 278/–
Source: CricketArchive, 6 November 2005

Career edit

Abbas made his Test match debut in 1969; in his second Test he scored 274 against England, which is still the sixth-ever highest score by a Pakistani batsman. This was the first of his four Test double-centuries; only two men from Pakistan (Younis Khan and Javed Miandad) have scored more.[6] The last was an innings of 215 against India in 1983, the first of three centuries in consecutive Tests, and his hundredth first-class century; Abbas and Geoffrey Boycott are the only two batsmen to have scored their hundredth first-class century in a Test match.[7]

Abbas had great success in first-class cricket, and is the only Asian batsman to score one hundred first-class centuries.[8] He had a long stint with Gloucestershire; joining the county in 1972, he remained there for thirteen years. During that time he scored over a thousand runs in the majority of his thirteen seasons. He also made over two thousand runs in a single season on two occasions for the club (1976 and 1981). During those thirteen years at Gloucestershire, he played 206 first-class games, scoring over 16,000 runs. He averaged 49.79, hitting 49 hundreds and 76 fifties. Abbas is the only player to have scored a century and double century in a first-class match four times, finishing each of the eight innings not out.[9]

Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian Test captain, once said while commentating that the Indian players would often say to Zaheer, "Zaheer Ab-bas karo", which means "Zaheer, stop it now" in Urdu and Hindi, referring to Abbas' free scoring.

Abbas had two stints as captain of the national team in 1981 and 1984. He retired from international cricket in 1985, and has officiated as a match referee in one Test and three ODI matches. He has also worked as the manager of the national team. Zaheer was one of the player who was famous for his title. Zaheer Abbas was called Asian Bradman. In 2018 Government of Pakistan awarded him Sitara-e-Imtiaz.[10] In 2015 he became ICC president, the third cricketer after Colin Cowdrey and Clyde Walcott, to hold the post.[11]

Zaheer Abbas held the record for scoring the most runs by any batsman in a 4 match bilateral ODI series (346 runs) from 1982 to 2015.[12] The record was broken by Hashim Amla of South Africa in 2015.[13]

Zaheer Abbas's career performance graph.

Personal life edit

Zaheer Abbas married Indian born Rita Luthra (now known as Samina Abbas) in 1988.[14]

His first marriage was to Najma Bokhari with whom he has three daughters, Rudabah, Roshana and Hiba.[15]

Autobiography edit

In 1983 he co-wrote his autobiography Zed with the British cricket journalist David Foot.

Awards and recognition edit

References edit

  1. ^ Hundreds in consecutive innings Retrieved 7 July 2019
  2. ^ "Zaheer Abbas". Cricinfo.
  3. ^ Vaidya, Nishad Pai (24 July 2015). "Zaheer Abbas: 10 anecdotes about the Asian Bradman".
  4. ^ "Asian Bradman Zaheer Abbas celebrating 70th birthday today - Samaa TV". Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Jacques Kallis, Zaheer Abbas and Lisa Sthalekar enter ICC's Hall of Fame". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Test Records – Most double hundreds in a career". website. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  7. ^ "1st Test, India tour of Pakistan at Lahore, Dec 10-15 1982 - Match Summary - ESPNCricinfo". ESPNcricinfo.
  8. ^ "Most centuries in first-class cricket".
  9. ^ Lynch, Steven. "How many people have scored a double-century and a hundred in the same first-class match?". Ask Steven - Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Abbas awarded sitara e imtiaz". Geo News. 15 August 2022. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  11. ^ Abbasi, Kamran (13 August 2015). "In praise of Zed". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  12. ^ "HowSTAT! ODI Cricket – Most Runs in Series". Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Batting records | One-Day Internationals | Cricinfo Statsguru |". Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  14. ^ "Zaheer Abbas to visit Kanpur sasural for ODI". The Times of India.
  15. ^ "Zaheer Abbas - a flourishing talent". Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  16. ^ Pride of Performance Award for Zaheer Abbas in 1971 on Pakistan Sports Board website Retrieved 7 July 2019
  17. ^ "Zaheer Abbas inducted into ICC Hall of Fame". The News International. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  18. ^ "PCB Hall of Fame | Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Official Website". Retrieved 13 March 2022.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by Pakistan Cricket Captain
Succeeded by
Preceded by Pakistan Cricket Captain
Succeeded by
Preceded by President of the ICC
Succeeded by
Position abolished