Tributes pour in for legendary Pakistan leg spinner Abdul Qadir after his sudden demise


Former Pakistan Test cricketer Abdul Qadir breathed his last on Friday after he suffered a heart attack here, sources close to the family said as per a report in various Pakistan media.

Qadir (67), was a reputed leg-spinner and took 236 wickets in 67 Test matches, snaring 132 wickets in 104 ODIs. He later served as the chief selector of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). As someone who revived the art of leg-spin with a unique bowling action and heart of a lion, the legendary Pakistani left the cricketing fraternity poorer and in his memory of the 1980s.

Qadir passed away at the age of 63 due to a heart attack drawing an immediate reaction from the cricketing world at large who were once mesmerized by his skill and even terrified. He made his Test debut against England in 1977, must be thanked for keeping wrist-spin alive through the late 1970s and ’80s. Qadir took 236 wickets in 67 Test matches, snaring 132 wickets in 104 ODIs.

He later served as the chief selector of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). He had a temperament of a fast bowler and his killer instinct with the ball left many a batsman befuddled.

Qadir preyed on English batsmen the most and the famous story of captain Imran Khan asking him to grow a beard before the 1982 tour to further intimidate the opponents is now part of folklore. The leg spinner took 30 wickets in three Tests, including the best bowling in an innings by a Pakistani, 9/56 in Lahore against England in 1987. About his detailed action, Qadir had once said that it was done to distract batsmen. The saying was that he had six different deliveries per over.

Qadir was also said to have two different googlies. It was only against India that Qadir was not that successful, with a 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar famously hitting him for 28 runs in an over.

Qadir was also successful against the West Indies as Pakistan went without losing a series to them in the mid-80s which was largely due to Qadir’s exploits. Qadir was a fighter and that could be gauged by the way he batted with gusto like the one where he took 16 off Courtney Walsh’s last over to win a World Cup tie.

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