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Syed Mushtaq Ali

Syed Mushtaq Ali
Mushtaq Ali in 1936
Personal information
Full name
Syed 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, 24 May 2020

Syed Mushtaq Ali (pronunciation; 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][3] He batted right-handed and bowled slow left-arm orthodox spin. He bowled frequently enough in domestic matches to be classified as an all-rounder but only occasionally in Test matches.[4] 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.[2] He received the C. K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995, the highest honour bestowed by the BCCI on a former player.[5]


Mushtaq Ali was observed by C. K. Nayudu at Indore at the age of 13 and helped to develop his cricketing skills.[6]

A Wisden Special Award winner, he scored four first-class hundreds in the 1936 tour. He was an opening or middle-order batsman who played very little 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

He was educated in Indore and at Aligarh Muslim University. He played extensively for regional teams and private clubs when cricket was a young sport in India. In first-class cricket, he represented Holkar, Central India, Muslims, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Bharat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and India between 1930 and 1964.[7]

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 published his autobiography, Cricket Delightful in 1967.[8] He died in his sleep, at the age of 90 in 2005.[9] The Indian domestic T20 series is named after him.[10] Mushtaq Ali's son, Gulrez Ali, and his grandson, Abbas Ali, both played first-class cricket.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Syed Mushtaq Ali". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b Telegraph, 25
  3. ^ "Wisden Obituaries 2006. Syed Mushtaq Ali". ESPN Cricinfo. 24 April 2006. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Syed Mushtaq Ali". Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b "C.K. Nayudu award for Kapil Dev". The Hindu. 18 December 2013. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 25 April 2023.
  6. ^ Das, Sourav (18 August 2014). "C. K. Nayudu – The First Indian Captain Sporteology". Sporteology. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  7. ^ Pandya, Haresh (20 June 2005). "Obituary: Syed Mushtaq Ali". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Mushtaq Ali: A dazzling, flamboyant cricketer who essayed India's first Test century overseas". Cricket Country. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  9. ^ Pandya, Haresh (26 December 2014) "Mushtaq Ali, India's first overseas Test ton scorer," India Abroad, New York, USA. p. A36.
  10. ^ "Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, 2016 matches, scorecards, preview, history, news and statistics – Cricbuzz". Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy". Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  • Smith, Martin (editor). The Promise of Endless Summer (Cricket Lives from the Daily Telegraph). Aurum (2013).

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