The legendary leg-break bowler Abdul Qadir tragically passed away recently in Lahore at the age of 63. The man who revolutionized the art of leg-spin bowling, Qadir carves out a special place in the history of the game for himself.
Qadir played 67 Tests and 104 ODIs during his 13-year-long international career picking up 236 Test wickets – the second-most for any Pakistan spinner. In ODIs, he finished with 132 wickets at an impressive average of 26.16, including two five-wicket hauls.
Qadir’s most memorable moment during his career was his bowling heroics during the Pakistan tour of England in 1987. He picked up a match-winning 10/211 across the fifth Test that heled Pakistan to their first ever series win in the country.
In the return tour of England to Pakistan the subsequent year, Qadir dismantled the opposition with his stunning leg-breaks and exquisite googlies. He collected a whopping 30 wickets in the three matches including the career-best 9/56, which is till date the best ever bowling spell recorded by a Pakistani bowler.
Qadir’s emphatic contributions in Pakistan’s World Cup campaigns of 1983 and 1987 are also unforgettable as he returned a prolific tally of 24 wickets in 13 games. He enjoyed a lot of success against England and Australia during his career and even posed challenges for the West Indies, which was considered to be the best team at that time.